Ahoskie, NC, June 14, 2019
Finding employment can be very challenging for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Easterseals UCP and Trillium Health Resources have teamed up to create a new program called Transition To Employment. The goal is to help train and encourage healthy work habits for teens and young adults with I/DD.
The new program is underway in four North Carolina cities including Ahoskie, Elizabeth City, New Bern and Wilmington. The four-hour daily program is open to high school students and young adults ages 16-26 with I/DD.
Participants will develop workplace readiness training, job exploration, instruction in self advocacy, referral to vocational rehabilitation, and support work life balance. During a recent afternoon, teens and adults in the Elizabeth City program are learning to grocery shop, purchase items, and budget money. In Ahoskie, participants volunteer at a local animal rescue center learning how to clean cages, feed animals and do laundry.
Kelly Bostock, Coordinator for the Transition To Employment in Elizabeth City said, "The program will provide the opportunity to learn and grow both independently and vocationally through daily living activities, job exploration, work based learning experiences, and recreation/wellness. We are excited to provide the care and support needed to enhance an individuals level of independence and confidence in ones own abilities. We are extremely excited to be launching our Transition To Employment Program and look forward to making a positive impact.”
Prospective high school students and adults who wish to enroll in the program must submit an application that will be reviewed by Easterseals UCP leadership to determine eligibility and enrollment space.
Get the details online for the Easterseals UCP Transition To Employment Program.ABOUT EASTERSEALSEasterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.
For more information contact:Kathy EdgertonChief Communications OfficerKathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660 | (C) 919-208-0621