Easterseals Employment and Community Services provides a supportive and safe environment where individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs can thrive. Our experienced and well-trained Direct Support Staff work to continuously enrich the lives of individuals who choose to come to Easterseals. Our experienced Direct Support Associates and Mentors engage and support individuals in activities at our facilities, and in the community, while our Job Coaches and Employment Specialists work with individuals in the community and in our facilities to help ensure our employed individuals learn and maintain the skills necessary to grow and succeed.
Using our fleet of vehicles, our team is able to transport individuals to and from home, activities, and work sites while maintaining their utmost safety.
Individualized Supported Employment (ISE) - Employment specialist (Job Coaches) help individuals to find competitive employment through a job discovery process. Then, Job Coaches provide training and support, and gradually reduce time and assistance at the worksite.
Group Supported Employment (GSE) - Group Supported Employment takes place in a competitive employment environment in which individuals work with a group of peers at a particular work setting under the supervision of a permanent employment specialist. These services can lean to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) and can include Career Planning - an active ongoing process that includes a variety of activities to help to match abilities, interest, values and personality with demands of the real world of work.
Transitional Employment Services - Community-based, occupational service that is time limited up to 3 years (with some exceptions). Activities occur in integrated settings and may include unpaid career exploration, financial management, networking, building skills leading to employment and health and fitness activities that lead to better employment outcomes. We have volunteer sites, Pick Me Up Express and help bridge from high school to learn new potential employment skills.
Placement Services - Placement services enhances and expedites the transition from training to employment. This program identifies individual career goals through vocational counseling and assist with resume writing, job searching, job skill training, and job development. It connects the individual with job based on their interest and abilities and finds employment opportunities through DDS and DORS within the community.
DORS - DORS provides adults with the tools, training and resources to work competitively and forge a path to independence. Our staff work with individuals through Bureau of Rehabilitiation Services (BRS) to provide orientation and on the job training.
Level Up - Level up is designed for students ages 16-24 who already participate in a workplace readiness program. Our staff work with the students through Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to provide orientation and on the job training. The goal of this program is to provide students with confidence and independence in the workplace.
Day Support Option (DSO) - Our Day Support Option provides individuals with activities and services that promote healthy and safe experiences. Socialization and learning are supported by our friendly and welcoming staff for individual of all abilities.
Individiualized Day Supports (IDS) Non - Vocational (IDN) - Individuals who are looking for alternatives to in center programming can engage in individualized Day Support. Our Mentors accompany participants to engage in meaningful activities both at home and in the community based on the individual's needs. Mentors work with their individuals on goals and objectives designed to enrich the individual's daily life.
For more information please email Lauren Roslund, Director of Employment and Community Services, or call (203) 236 - 0188 ext 132.
*Easterseals of Greater Waterbury is a DDS Qualified provider
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