Acquiring and retaining gainful employment is critical to independence in adult life. Career services offers personalized career planning, training, job placements and employment-site coaching. We explore the interests and aptitudes of the people we serve, and then match them to work opportunities. The emphasis is on community-based employment but some one may work in a work center for individuals who require additional supports.
Career planning should begin in high school, in partnership with public schools to begin preparing students, 15 and older, for the adult work world. Some of the elements of successful transition planning include, working with families and teachers to prepare young adults for satisfying careers and lives as contributing members of their communities.
Begin by building a person-centered plan for each student, identifying career, recreational and residential options.
Work with special education instructors to teach young people about work ethic, team-building, interview techniques and other career skills.
Identify internships so that students can gain firsthand experience before making important career choices.
Locate post-graduation jobs that match student interests and abilities.
Coach on the job to reinforce classroom discussion and to ensure a satisfying work experience.
Pre-Vocational Training (OMRDD funded thru Medicaid Waiver)
Pre-vocational services are designed for adults who need training in preparation for employment. The curriculum should focus on general knowledge rather than specific skills, including: following directions and adapting to a work routine; work ethic; socially appropriate behavior; employer expectations; travel training. Services should be provided individually or in small groups.
Adult Employment Services (VESID funded and referred)
Based upon personal preferences and skills, adults with developmental disabilities are matched to in-community career opportunities with business partners. Explore jobs in office, retail, food service, maintenance and other settings. Job coaches provide initial onsite training, then continue to monitor progress for the duration of the work relationship. Referrals are made through VESID for job development and job coaching. Long term supports are funded by OMRDD supported employment.