Couple at promOur developmental disability services look different from day to day. Support could look like groceries from the Catholic Social Services food pantry, scheduling respite care or helping the individual secure and retain employment. Some days it may mean helping a young man accept a date to his prom.

A past Family Disability Services (FDS) client was delighted to be asked to the senior prom. He didn’t have the money for a tuxedo and didn’t own a nice suit.

FDS staff mobilized to solicit donations from Dooley’s, Anderson’s Bridal and Operation Prom—and all were willing to help! At the end of the day, his high school funded the tux and donated the tickets.

The young man’s prom experience illustrates a key staff responsibility in the FDS program—support families who care for individuals experiencing developmental disabilities.

Access Developmental Disability Services

We understand that serving as a caregiver has many challenges in addition to loving rewards. If you’re looking for personal support for developmental disabilities, whether inside or outside of your home, Catholic Social Services offers assistance through our trained respite providers.

Types of Developmental Disabilities

Intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and seizure disorders are all classified as developmental disabilities. Alaska state law defines the term “developmental disability” in specific ways that determine whether or not someone qualifies for services. Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Get Started

Find the support you need through our Family Disability Services. We offer assistance for both children and adults with developmental disabilities and would be happy to work with you to get the care you and your loved one needs.

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Whether it’s helping with prom, supporting parents or working with adults that need extra care, our developmental disability services bring hope to the community. Last year alone, Catholic Social Services helped 113 clients with 45,476 hours of direct services. Can you help us do even more?

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