To build relationships and enhances the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Attain, Inc. has been supporting people with developmental disabilities in Central Florida for over 20 years.
Our goal is to support people with disabilities to:
- ensure people are safe, healthy and free of harm,
- enjoy life,
- be as independent as possible,
- have a normal life, and
- overcome problem behavior.
The Values of Attain, Inc.
- Respect the rights of consumers
- Focus on the importance of the individual
- Treating people with dignity
- Ensuring individuals are not abused or neglected
Experienced, Management and Behavior Analysis Team – Dedicated, Quality Staff.
Attain, Inc.’s management and clinical team are dedicated to providing the highest quality of support. Attain, Inc.’s Directors have between 10-20 years experiences directing programs for people with developmental disabilities. Attain, Inc.’s Program Coordinators have between 3-10 years of experience supporting people with developmental disabilities. Attain, Inc.’s Behavior Analysts have on average 10 years experience supporting people with developmental disabilities. Attain, Inc. offers staff who are well supervised and trained in the areas of Resident Rights, Behavior Management, CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, person centered planning and much more. Every member of the Attain, Inc. staff undergoes a criminal history background check and driving record check. Our staff are dedicated, committed to providing quality services and eager to help meet the needs of the individuals we serve.
Craig A. Cook, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Attain. Dr. Cook has over 20 years experience supporting people with developmental disabilities, including autism and down syndrome. Dr. Cook’s experience includes directing residential programs, intensive educational programs, vocational and day services, along with applied behavior analysis services. Dr. Cook is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (See www.bacb.com for more information). He received his undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. He received is Master’s of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy with an emphasis on developmental disabilities. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Central Florida in Public Affairs with an emphasis in organizational behavior management and organizational leadership.
Service and Support Center
2710 Staten Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
Fax: Toll Free 877-690-2003
Developmental disability (DD) is a severe, chronic disability that is manifested before the age of 22 which significantly limits intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior.
How does a developmental disability affect an individual?
Developmental disabilities commonly affect one or more of the following areas:
- Self-care and self-direction
- Ability to live independently
- Receptive and expressive language
- Economic self-sufficiency
Examples of developmental disabilities
Developmental disabilities affect approximately 1-2% of the population. Some examples of developmental disabilities include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Mental Retardation (Mild, Moderate, Severe, Profound)
- Chromosomal and Genetic Disorders
Although there are a variety of physical, environmental and developmental factors that can cause a developmental disability, some of the most common are:
- Brain injury
- Nutrition problems
- Poor diet issues
- Premature birth
- Genetic and chromosomal defects
- Drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy
- Shaken Baby Syndrome
Developmental Disability or Mental Retardation?
Most commonly in western countries, developmental disabilities are referred to as mental retardation. The differences between a developmental disability and mental retardation are:
1. The age of onset (Mental retardation onset is before the age of 18 and a developmental disability is manifested by age 22), and
2. A developmental disability does not refer to an IQ requirement (Mental retardation is generally thought to be present in individuals with an IQ of 70 or below).