Community Connections

Notice: This is to notify the public, especially public and private transit operators, that we intend to submit an application to MODOT for 5,310 dollars to acquire vehicles to support people to access their community and have meaningful days in our community connections programs.  If you have any information or feedback, please contact Cathy Brown at cathy.brown@esmw.org.

For individuals 18 and older who are not ready for employment, we offer daytime training and support Monday through Friday. We focus on developing independence, social skills, and self-advocacy with the purpose of moving program participants towards community employment or volunteerism.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

Skills Development

Our goal is for each individual to begin job exploration within two years of starting the program. Our staff works with each person to find a job that fits their skills, abilities, and interests.

To this end, we provide training in the following areas:
•    Communication skills
•    Positive behavior
•    Daily living skills
•    Following directions
•    Focusing and completing tasks
•    Small motor skill development
•    Self-advocacy
•    Assistive technology
•    Computer Skills
•    Appropriate interactions/getting along with supervisors and/or co-workers
•    Social skills
•    Problem solving skills
•    Community and work safety
•    Mobility
•    Resume and portfolio development
•    Interviewing skills
•    Workplace attire, hygiene, and self-care
•    Focus and completion of tasks

For the individuals we support, we strive to ensure that:
•    Individuals are hired directly by businesses and earn a competitive wage
•    Each person's abilities are maximized to contribute to their communities
•    Communities grow to understand and accept people with disabilities
•    Participants are taught workplace skills
•    Participants not seeking a job are contributing to their communities through volunteerism

Learn more about our Pre-Employment services for adults and young adults. Have questions? Check out our Community Connections FAQs for more information.

What regions offer Community Connections?

This program is available in the following regions:

Eastern Missouri
Northwest Missouri

For a full list of our offices, please visit our Locations page.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

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