Our Community Connections services provide individualized training focused on employment- related skills in order to place our people in community-based, competitive work environments. Participants are taught skills through systematic instruction, modeling, verbal and gestural prompting and the use of assistive technology. Training and instruction take place both on-site and in the community.
The Discovery Process
Our goal for each individual is to be ready to start exploring work options within two years of beginning services. In order to support each individual in this program to their fullest potential, Easter Seals Midwest staff spends a designated number of hours each month working with them to determine employment related interests, preferences, learning styles, abilities and needs as it related to identifying a community-based work environment.
Skill training at Community Connections can include, but is not limited to:
- Communication skills
- Positive behavior
- Daily living skills
- Following directions
- Focusing and completing tasks
- Small motor skill development
- Self-determination and self-advocacy
- Assistive technology
- Computer Skills
- Appropriate interactions/getting along with supervisors and/or co-workers
- Social skills necessary for successful community-based employment
- Problem solving skills
- Community and work safety
- Resume and portfolio development
- Interviewing skills
- Workplace attire, hygiene and self-care
- Focus and completion of tasks
Community Connections is designed to produce the following outcomes:
- Individuals have a long term goal of integrated, community-based employment
- Individuals are hired directly by businesses and earn a prevailing wage
- Each participant's abilities are maximized to contribute to their communities.
- Communities grow to understand and accept people with disabilities
- Participants are taught job readiness skills to enhance employment opportunities.
- Participants who are not currently seeking competitive employment are contributing to their communities through volunteerism.