Supported Employment

The Employment Services Department offers personalized employment services to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them find and maintain community jobs based on their skills, preferences, interests and strengths. We assist individuals to become members of the workforce through a job preparation curriculum, job skill acquisition, job preference/ability evaluation, job recruitment, on-the-job training, transportation and activities of daily living instruction.

Individuals are supported to make informed choices about their work options and receive the resources to seek, obtain and be successful in community placement. For those ready to work in the community, our supported employment program provides many benefits for people with disabilities. Benefits include access to paid work, community participation, self-esteem, economic self-sufficiency and dignity. Our program matches the skills and likes of an individual with the needs of the business. Job Coaches support our participants in a variety of settings, including individual supported employment, group supported employment, as well as mobile work crews.  If you have a business and would like to hire our individuals, please contact Stephanie Butler at 774-773-9190.

Provided services include:

  • Paid work opportunities in the community
  • Work skill assessment and evaluation
  • Job preparation curriculum
  • Volunteer job opportunities
  • One-on-one and small group instruction
  • Case management
  • Computer and iPad instruction
  • Self-advocacy training and participation
  • Community participation
  • Competent, dedicated and professional staff

Community Based Day Supports is a supportive program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, which helps individuals develop, maintain and enhance their abilities and confidence in personal, social and community activities. Skill development activities are in the areas of communication, self-care, socialization, relationship-building, healthy living, self-advocacy and community involvement.

A major focus is to become involved in and contribute to the local neighborhood and community, spending time with other people with similar interests. The program supports the person who may have employment as a goal but who needs more support and instruction in order to be ready to obtain a desired job. Volunteer job opportunities are offered where the individuals can try out different types of work and see if it is a good match for them.

Provided services include:

  • Individualized personal supports to help achieve their personal and community membership goals.
  • Assessment of interests, preferences and abilities.
  • Volunteer and civic activities
  • Leisure and recreational activities
  • Career exploration & training
  • Fitness & wellness instruction
  • Music therapy
  • Arts and crafts
  • Computer and iPad training
  • Self-advocacy training and participation
  • Competent, dedicated and professional staff

Individuals participate in music therapy, community activities and learn from community member visits/demonstrations. They also volunteer in many different capacities throughout the week as well.

Interest inventories and personal profiles are assessed and developed to assist with the accomplishment of their own personal, social and communal goals.

Self-Advocacy continues to be a primary focus of the CBDS program with many activities aimed at being able to direct one’s own life.