Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center prepares adolescents and adults with all types of disabilities (cognitive, physical, learning, developmental) and levels of experience for entry or re-entry into the workforce by assisting them in securing pre-employment services as well as employment so that they can enjoy independent living, full community participation and economic self-sufficiency. Our track record in placing individuals with disabilities in the workplace is unsurpassed and our employment services include a comprehensive array of career assessments, job training, business skills development, job placement and follow-up programs and services based on individual needs and vocational interests.
These include but are not limited to:
• Job and Vocational Training Programs for people with varied developmental, learning, physical and psychological disabilities or medical issues. These programs include Work Readiness and Business Skills with Office Technology courses, as well as training for Printing, Packaging, Shipping and Mailroom and Retail Sales and Merchandising positions in simulated workplace settings. All of the programs are taught by caring, well trained professionals who work closely with the participants.
• Youth Transition Services programs which help students with disabilities transition from school to the adult world. Our programs for students with a variety of disabilities, age 14 to 21, focus on career development, employment preparation, independent living and community integration through work-based learning, functional academics and life skills experiences. We offer services during the school day, as well as summer, after-school and evening socialization programs.
• Job Coaching and Supported Employment programs where staff works intensively with individuals to seek out and develop jobs in addition to on- or off-site assistance to fully learn their job and understand their daily responsibilities so that they can be successful in the workplace.
• Return to Work Initiatives that utilize assistive technology and accommodations to help injured and ill employees return to the workplace to perform meaningful and productive tasks to their physical ability.