The Communication Department at JIRDC consists of eight speech language pathologists and a contract audiologist. Staff provide communication assessment, interventions planning, consultation and technical support services to persons who live at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and the staff who serve them, and serve as a resource to persons with developmental disabilities living within the surrounding community. The Creative Therapy Department provides individual and group experiences for children, adolescents, and adults residing in area communities. Trained therapists and specialists guide each individual through positive creative experiences. The Dental Facility at the center has undergone a complete renovation. We have a very modern, up-to-date clinic that allows us to meet OSHA, CDC and ADA guidelines. There are four treatment rooms (one is set up for non-ambulatory patients to be treated directly in their wheelchairs). This allows maximum comfort and minimizes stress during treatment for the patient. The Resource Center staff at J. Iverson Riddle provide rehabilitative programming to children and adults in a variety of settings. Teaching personnel assigned to Dogwood, Redwood and Rosewood Resource Centers implement individually designed skill acquisition programs across five instructional domains: self-care/home living skills, leisure, social/communication, vocational and community transition. The Exceptional Equestrians is a program of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and the Riddle Institute. The EE program serves more than 140 individuals from the Center, and others throughout the community, through donations of horses, equipment, and operating expenses from individuals, corporations, and civic organizations. The Department of Medical Services at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality of state of the art medical care for residents and other citizens with developmental disabilities. Nursing at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center has made important advances in practice which many in the nursing field have suggested is necessary in order for nursing's recognition as a professional discipline. Nurses at this facility have contributed to the growing body of knowledge in care of developmentally disabled persons. The Nutritional Services Department serves the nutritional needs of J. Iverson Riddle consumers. We prepare both regular and special diets, consumed both here at in the community. The nutritional needs of our consumers are determined by consultation, planning and interaction with Medical, Clinical, and Program Staff to meet the special needs and preferences of the people who live at the Riddle Developmental Center. Occupational Therapy has always been holistic and client-centered and therefore complements the current philosophy and mission of the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center to "support each persons needs for independence and productivity according to his or her current choices." The Pharmacy Department at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center is committed to providing comprehensive, progressive pharmaceutical care to the resident population of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. The Pharmacy serves a myriad of age groups, with diagnoses that include acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, seizure disorders, developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, and coexisting medical and physical disabilities. The Physical Therapy Department at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center is an innovative and progressive program aimed at meeting the physical needs of people with developmental disabilities. We serve people who live at the Riddle Developmental Center and people who live in the community. Our department consists of three Physical Therapists and seven PT Assistants. The Psychology Department at the Riddle Developmental Center is dedicated to the use of the principles of behavior analysis in the humane and effective training and treatment of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Behavior analysis is a natural science approach to the study of human behavior and the application and analysis of science-based interventions. Therapeutic Recreation at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center focuses on three aspects within the realm of Recreation. These include Recreation Therapy, Leisure Education, and Recreation Participation. The purpose of the therapy service is to develop or refine functional behaviors. Social workers here use their professional knowledge, skills and abilities to assist the Center in carrying out its primary goal of person-centered practice. Social workers advocate for the family's involvement in all aspects of service and treatment, for this is key to the quality of life for the people who live here. The Vocational Enrichment Program at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center provides an array of vocational services, which highlight each individual's specific interest and positive skills relative to developing job opportunities. Work opportunities are offered in the areas of furniture manufacturing, craft production, service related assignments, horticulture, and supported employment occurring in local communities.