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Community Employment

Employment Services provides people with the opportunity to work in careers that match their skills and passions. Staff supports are provided at varying levels, depending on the needs of the individual. People derive great self-worth by becoming fully integrated into a company's work culture, while earning and income to enhance the quality of their lives.

Independent Employment

For people with disabilities, the ideal employment setting includes work that meets their interests, skills and passions, at a fair and competitive wage, in an integrated environment. With proper assistance, natural support from employers or co-workers, and creative adaptations, individuals of all levels of disability have been successful in individual, competitive employment. On-site support from Day Training & Habilitation Services staff are provided, as needed, through consultation with the worker and the supervisor. Examples of available work are as broad as the interests of the people. Some common jobs are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Clerical
  • Food service
  • Retail
  • Animal care
  • Child care
  • Janitorial
  • Recycling
  • Health care
  • Other

Work Teams/Enclaves

Some individuals need significant support to be successfully employed. When natural support from an employer or co-worker are not available to provide this level of assistance, or when work adaptations are not adequate to allow a person to work independently, many individuals are employed as a member of a work team. In this model, multiple individuals are employed at one location, with the support of an on-site professional from Day Training & Habilitation Services to ensure the help each person needs to successfully complete their work. As with Individual/competitive employment, examples of available work are broad. Some common jobs are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Clerical
  • Food service
  • Retail
  • Animal care
  • Child care
  • Janitorial
  • Other

In-house/Contract Work

Individuals spend at least part of their day in a work setting with others who have disabilities. Work opportunities are provided by area businesses that outsource their work to these facilities. Day Training & Habilitation Services staff are available to provide guidance as needed. This allows individuals who do not work in community businesses to enjoy the benefits or work. Examples include:

  • Packaging
  • Hand assembly
  • Mail preparation
  • Document imaging

Community Enrichment/Community Involvement

Each person with a disability has the right to a fully integrated life. Community Enrichment services are designed to provide each person with the opportunity to interact with their peers in the community who do not have a disability. Staff assistance may be provided, as needed, to enhance the person's participation through communication supports, physical assistance or development of natural supports of community members.
Opportunities include:

  • Volunteering in many different organizations
  • Participating in community sports leagues
  • Using recreational facilities
  • Visiting local attractions, such as museums, zoos, parks or sporting events
  • Arts programs – including a wide variety of art mediums -

Therapeutic Support

Therapeutic Support Services work hand-in-hand with other services provided to improve a person's quality of life by augmenting an individual's ability to achieve their full potential.
Examples of therapeutic support services include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Behavioral supports
  • Psychological supports
  • Sensory supports

Retirement/Senior Services

Retirement/Senior Services provide opportunities for people to continue to be involved with friends and with the community at a point in their lives when they have chosen to retire from the work world. Services are developed to meet the unique needs of aging individuals who may exhibit a variety of progressive physical and cognitive impairments. Examples of opportunities include:

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Music
  • Arts and handcrafts
  • Exercise
  • Memory supports
  • Social connections

Skills Training

Many MOHR Organizations use curriculum-based skills training that has been developed to identify each person’s current skills in a variety of areas.

  • Employment
  • Community participation
  • Interpersonal communication, including self-advocacy
  • Health
  • Recreation/leisure
  • Daily living

Based on this assessment, staff, in coordination with the person and the support team, determine the areas for further training to be provided for the person. As the person’s skills grow, the curriculum identifies further activities which challenge them to reach higher levels of achievement.

Behavioral Supports

Supports for people who exhibit behaviors that interfere with their ability to be fully integrated into their communities. These include:

  • Providing a positive work environment where each person is treated with dignity and respect
  • Developing a full understanding of the function(s) that the behavior serves for the person
  • Identifying alternative, socially acceptable means for the person to achieve their needs and wants
  • As appropriate, developing and implementing formal, systematic programs focused on positive reinforcement