Easterseals offers a range of training, placement and related services that help people prepare for the workforce — because meaningful work is often the key to overcoming challenges and having a good life. In partnership with the state of CT, Easterseals offers life changing Career Development Services
This program provides a comprehensive assessment of vocational interests, aptitudes, worker traits, and a determination of work capacity. These services are designed to assess the vocational capabilities of persons with mental, cognitive, and/or physical disabilities. Organization-based work samples and community work settings are used to identify clients' skills, strengths, and interests. Specific recommendations are made on the kinds of jobs that a person can perform, or on alternative services to be utilized for those not ready to return to work. For individuals who are uncertain of what directions to pursue, the organization also offers a career exploration program. Individuals learn to analyze their own work and career values, and to develop specific vocational goals. This is accomplished through classroom activities, films, and community activities, including tours of local businesses, job shadowing, and job try-outs.
Interview Preparedness and Job Coaching
Participants work to improve the skills necessary to successfully market their strengths during the interview process. Components include job search techniques, job application assistance, development of a resume and cover letter, conflict resolution, and ADA regulations. Job coaching is provided at the employment site for participants needing one-on-one support to assist them in learning job skills.
Participants are provided assistance in selecting, obtaining and maintaining community employment. Participants are individuals with serious or persistent mental illness / substance abuse issues. For some individuals with disabilities, post-secondary education or training may be needed to achieve a vocational goal. Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut assists these individuals through its supported education program. Vocational specialists collaborate with and support the client in all aspects of his/her education and training, including program and course selection, finances, tutoring, crisis management, and classroom accommodations. With funding from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Easterseals also operates a similar program targeted to individuals with chronic mental illness.
Participants are integral members of Easterseals social enterprises. This includes the manufacturing of disaster recovery lighting devices, document and data deconstruction at EnviroShred and subcontracted work from area businesses. All work performed at Easterseals Vocational facility.
This specialized skill building program prepares participants for jobs in the custodial industry. Emphasis is placed upon appropriate work behaviors, productivity, and good worker traits.
Young Adult Services (YAS) (Norwich Location)
Young Adults, through our Peer Support Training Program are provided with the necessary work readiness skills and coaching to be successful in the current job market. Participants learn about time management, money management, communication/ public speaking, and more. Working within a group and one-on-one with the instructor to provide an insightful and exciting learning experience; providing volunteer work opportunities for young adults.