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.

Easterseals Rhode Island provides supported employment services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other potential employment barriers. These services are delivered in integrated community-based settings with the goal of obtaining competitive employment in the person’s desired area of vocational interest.

In our model, entitled EmploymentWORKS!, an assigned and integrated team of ESRI staff provide supportive services to help participants:

  • Tap into their strengths and personal resilience.
  • Practice work-readiness skills through our proprietary Get Ready!™ Curriculum.
  • Develop strong ties to the community, forge friendships, and access resources.
  • Participate in our signature Connect2Careers™ program, where participants learn about career options, and conduct informational interviews with a large number of businesses.
  • Engage in customized training and obtain jobs in their chosen field.

ESRI maintains community business partners in areas that include food service, retail, maintenance, custodial, hospitality, and many others.

Participants may also utilize Fedcap’s Get Ready!™ curriculum, which was developed to assist individuals in exploring their values about work, the strengths and assets they bring to the employment environment and to develop specific skills to ensure that they are work ready.

To learn more about EmploymentWORKS!, contact Shawn McCurley at


As part of The Fedcap Group, Easterseals Rhode Island is pleased to participate in iWORK! Powered by The Fedcap Group, iWORK! is a clarion call for giving everyone a fair shot at getting ahead with a good job.

We join our colleagues across The Fedcap Group in working to ensure no one is left behind. Helping people get to work is our contribution to counter exclusion and marginalization.

Learn more on The Fedcap Group’s website.


Are you a retired or semi- retired professional over 50? Ready for a new challenge? Want to give back to the community? ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches talented professionals, age 50+, with rewarding opportunities at nonprofits and public institutions.

To learn more about ReServe and get involved, visit or contact Vicktoria Barokha at

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