Two out of three people with disabilities want to work, but have not been able to secure jobs because of accessibility and attitudinal barriers. Easter Seals workforce development services provide an individualized approach to assisting persons with intellectual disabilities, including autism, to make informed choices and attain their employment aspirations. Easter Seals can help you determine what might work for you in reaching your employment goals.
Easter Seals assists individuals who want to secure and/or maintain employment by providing services that match their abilities and interests.
Participants can choose individual or group employment. Easter Seals conducts an assessment of a person's interests, skills and knowledge that would be applicable to the workplace. We focus on identifying or developing skills that will help you in your employment search. We match people and jobs so that participants work for community employers at competitive wages. On-going supports are maintained indefinitely to help each individual be successful.
Group employment involves training and ongoing Easter Seals supervision while working in community job sites. Individual supported employment involves job coaching and training in competitive wage jobs with the expectation that the participant will learn to work without close supervision. Supported employment services are available in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties.
The Easter Seals Community Experience program is ideal for adults with intellectual disabilities, including autism, who like variety and seek opportunities out in the community while building independent skills to work toward employment. The program gives adults with intellectual disabilities the choice to experience the community through group involvement, volunteering or individualized employment.
Participants are supported in the community in various activities, including leisure activities, volunteer work opportunities (with nonprofit organizations), or paid work. Community outings include trips to outdoor gardens, museums, sports events, shopping activities and more. In some activities, work related skills are promoted as participants gain greater independence or progress towards employment.
Available at Easter Seals locations in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties, the Community Experience program runs Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.