Pre-employment Services for Job-seekers with Disabilities
Pre-vocational Services provides individuals with time limited training and work experience in general work skills including, attendance, punctuality, working with peers, communication skills, ability to take direction and follow instructions, understanding the demands of the workplace, appropriate dress and other daily living skills which are necessary to work in the community. Transitional work sites include working in Challenge Social Enterprise, contracts with local employers and volunteer opportunities with non-for-profit agencies.
Pathway To Employment (PTE) is an outstanding program for helping OPWDD participants complete their transition to competitive employment and greater community independence. The individualized nature of this program is ideal for allowing people to focus both on their areas of strength and interest, while addressing remaining barriers to success. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as job readiness classes, volunteering, job shadowing, travel training, internships and paid work trials. The program also focuses on important related topics such as managing stress, communicating with employers and co-workers, and creating a healthy balance between work and other productive activities.
Note: Pre-vocational services are only available to indivuduals eligable for Home and Community Based Waiver Services through: OPWDD or OMH HARP Service.