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Developmental Services


Our Vision in Developmental Services is that all individuals with developmental disabilities have access to opportunities that promote person-chosen comprehensive inclusion.  Our services support our vision by providing community-based support to adults, children and their families.  The range of services creates employment opportunities, facilitates independent life skills, while optimizing natural supports.  We do this in partnership with individuals, their families and the community. 




It is our Mission to ensure that the direction of our services is decided by those we support through the use of forums and groups where there is active involvement and idea exchange.  The Developmental Services staff assists individuals to exercise their citizenship through freedom of choice. This means asking first, respecting the rights of those we serve to have freedom of choice to learn from life experiences, just like everyone else.  Success stories begin with inclusion, integrity, respect and advocating for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities to be integral parts of their communities. Our range of community based services promotes integration, creates employment opportunities and facilitates independent living, while optimizing and developing natural supports. Staff is dedicated to promoting independence and through team collaboration with families, friends, peers and significant individuals in their lives, goals are identified and meaningful activities brainstormed to assure progression.

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to the Developmental Services Division of Northwestern Counseling & Support Services. This division provides community-based support services for adults, children and their families living in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.


Samantha Thomas, MA

Licensed Psychologist Master

Director, Developmental Services

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