Yonkers, Bronx, Queens
Creating opportunities for work
Whether a job or a career, work can be a source of pride and purpose, as well as a way to gain greater financial independence. We work with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to gain the skills and experience to find employment that aligns with their interests and aspirations.
Career Path Exploration and Hands-On Training
Our Pre-Vocational program provides actual hands-on training for people with a desire to work. Through volunteering, professional skill building, and other work-related activities, participants learn the culture of the workplace including how to interact positively with co-workers, and expectations about dress and timeliness. They can then build confidence in their mastery of various skills through practical on-the-job experiences or by volunteering in other programs. In addition to skills, we work with people to explore job opportunities and their interests to find ways
Once someone has completed pre-vocational training and is ready to work, we help them find a job that is personally fulfilling — one they will be happy to have for years to come. For all the people we support, we provide job coaching and on-the-job mentoring as well as assistance looking for the right job. Some people may be also trained in the specific skills needed by an employer.
“I work at TGI Friday as a hostess, and I want to keep working there for a long, long time because I really like my job,” says Crystal Vargas, who is proud of being part of a team helping people have a good dining experience.
In our Supported Employment Program, she learned the skills needed to land her job. Like all participants in the program, she was assigned a job coach who worked with her onsite to learn the workplace culture and make sure she was comfortable in her new job. Her dedication, combined with the support of her coach, soon led to a promotion from rolling silverware to greeting guests.
Contact us today to learn more about our IDD employment supports.
The Center of the Group
When eight-year-old Bruce first joined the Rising Ground recreation program for children with developmental disabilities, he had trouble following instructions and controlling his emotions. As with many children on the autism spectrum, Bruce was not sure how to relate to the other kids. He would talk to them only when necessary during a game and would often do things to make the others angry. Now, after five years in the program, Bruce is a very different young man. He jokes and laughs with the staff and the other children. He has learned to remain calm when he gets upset and knows how to talk to staff in a quiet voice.