In 1976, Dave Tuttle founded Brian’s House to provide essential services for people with disabilities, including his son, Brian. He contracted with the Chester County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Department (now the Chester County Office of Mental Health & Intellectual Disability)to operate clustered apartments and community homes to meet the residential needs of several children and adults. In 1978, Dave Tuttle opened Brian’s House, a renovated historic home in West Chester, Pa., that served as a residence for 14 children with profound developmental disabilities. Brian Tuttle was one of its first residents and lived there until he passed away in 1989 at the age of 19.
In 1996, Brian’s House affiliated with Woods, which enabled the organization to expand with the addition of more community homes and, in 1998, the establishment of Brian’s House Enterprises, a vocational program and meaningful day program for adults with more profound disabilities. Brian’s House now provides residential supports for 105 individuals, vocational opportunities for 92, and day programs for 44 adults.
The Adult Day Services Program serves people with intellectual disabilities, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, brain injury, and other disabilities. We welcome individuals who may be incontinent, as well as those who require mobility assistance. The program is located at the Trestle Bridge Business Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.Services include:
- Social & communication skill building
- Engaging recreational activities
- Self-help task guidance and training
- Pre-vocational training
- Community excursions
We provide nursing coverage, fully accessible facilities, implementation of OT/PT recommended services, sensory-motor stimulation, and positive approach behavior management procedures. Our experienced staff members combine attentive supervision with a personalized approach to habilitation that includes frequent communication with family members.