Programs

CAREERS offers comprehensive, person-centered services to help individuals with disabilities find and keep rewarding jobs.

Our programs are available free of charge to Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County residents with disabilities. Here’s how we can help:

Supported Employment Program

Our main program in which we utilize a unique one-on-one approach to provide services based on each individual’s needs. We provide job preparation support, creative job placement, on-the-job training, and ongoing support services.

We have developed several programs to address specific needs of our clients. These programs include:

High School Transition Program

We reach out to high school juniors and seniors to help them make an easier transition into the workforce once they graduate. This early outreach prepares students to meet the challenges of getting a job and developing a career path.

CAREERS contracts with area school districts to teach life skills to students often setting up internships, at local employers. Our staff coach students at their internships, providing job training, advice and support to help the students reach their full potential. Our Employment Specialist works closely with employers and teachers to assure that each student gets the full benefit of their internship and that the employer is satisfied that the student can adequately perform their responsibilities.

Click here for more info on our High School Transition Program.

Site-Based Internship Program

Our Education and Employment Initiative reaches student with disabilities early in their employment search and helps them make a successful transition to the workforce by addressing their unemployment issues early, helping them acquire studentthe experience needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.

CAREERS teaches life and job skills to students at various internship sites, providing job training and support to help the students reach their potential. Each employer offers a variety of jobs for students to explore, including food service, office skills and recreation, with students working in several departments during each school year. Our Employment Specialist work closely with employers and teachers to assure each student gets the full benefit of their internship and that the employer is satisfied with their performance.

Internships

Unpaid work experiences for high school students as well as adults with disabilities at various community worksites to develop work skills specific to each individual’s interests and abilities.

Day Hab without Walls – CAREERS’ Ambition In Motion (AIM) Program

AIM is a day habilitation without walls program that fills a void in the community for individuals not yet ready to participate in a supported work program. Tailored to their needs, interests and potential, the program provides diverse opportunities to interact and contribute to the local community, while learning independent living and employment skills.  AIM participants do everything from shopping to landscaping to office tasks – providing volunteer support to the community while learning valuable life and work skills. This unique program teaches skills and provides interaction within the community. Our AIM Program uses a person-centered approach. There are transportation options available (if needed), depending on where participants live, with pick-up and drop-off at home or a convenient location. Services are provided free to participants and funding is provided by OPWDD. 

Click here for more information about our AIM Program.

Workforce Readiness, Placement & Training Program

Designed to prepare disabled individuals for the challenging hospitalprocess of finding and maintaining a job. In a group setting, we provide in-depth classroom instruction to provide the skills necessary to apply for and obtain employment. We focus specifically on writing an effective resume, successfully negotiating the interview process, and securing the a position in keeping with a clients skills and interests.

View our Workforce Readiness brochure

On Course for College

Our newest program helps students manage the complexity of college while enhancing their independence and self-esteem. 

On Course for College is available to students 18 years old or older who have a documented disability, are referred by ACCES-VR and meet the admission requirements of a college for a degree or certificate program.

Students receive assistance with admission, health and financial aid forms; help with the registration and course selection process and personalized access to appropriate campus information including tutoring, student rights, accommodations and resources. Our staff will arrange a personalized tour of the campus, be available for ongoing one-on-one social support and provide services tailored to the unique and changing needs of each participant, including problem solving, coping skills and stress management.

Participants in the program will establish and achieve academic goals and can look forward to enhanced relationship with peers and improved social and interpersonal skills, resulting in opportunities for meaningful employment.

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Assessment of Abilities

We provide an in-depth assessment of each individual’s strengths, weaknesses, skills, interests, special needs, employment history, employment goals, and educational history.

Comprehensive Person-Centered Services

CAREERS focuses on the total person. We help each individual solve job-related issues, including transportation, special equipment, and medical needs. We also make referrals to other agencies that specialize in certain areas, such as counseling, recreation and benefit advisement.

Advocacy

One of our primary goals is to educate the public about the capabilities of people with disabilities and advocate on their behalf to secure and maintain meaningful employment.

Job Development

Each person is assigned a professional Employment Specialist who provides resume writing assistance, as well as coaching on interviewing techniques, personal presentation, and other job seeking skills.

Locate Employment Opportunities

We help individuals find long-term jobs that offer friendly, secure working environments and the chance for advancement.

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Job Placement

Our Employment Specialists set up interviews and accompany clients, as needed, to guide them through the interview process. We provide these services until each individual obtains an appropriate job.

Job Coaching

Employment Specialists provide one-on-one training, when necessary, working with each individual until he or she is firmly established on the job. Our Employment Specialists provide needed support and are always available to answer questions. Long-term job coaching services are available, as needed.

Employment Training Program (ETP)

ETP offers individuals an opportunity to work in an internship that will lead to permanent employment in a community business. During the internship, wages will be paid by OPWDD directly to the client while they learn the skills needed for the job. ETP participants may also attend job readiness classes that present topics such as conflict resolution and how to dress for work. ETP services include increased job development and job coaching as well as assistance with other employability skills.

Community Prevoc

Prevocational services provide the opportunity for individuals to participate in general training activities to build on their strengths and overcome barriers to employment. These services assist individuals who want to work, but who need extra help to develop the skills need to be successful in the workplace.

Pathway to Employment

Pathway to Employment is a person-centered employment planning and support service that provides assistance for individuals to participate in career exploration.

Pathway to Employment service is available to individuals expressing an interest in determining if they are work-ready. These are typically individuals who receive Day Habilitation, Pre-Vocational and Supported Employment services, as well as students leaving high school.

Ticket to Work 

is an employment support program, sponsored by the Social Security Administration, for individuals with disabilities who want to work and earn enough to become self-supporting. CAREERS is a qualified Employment Network (EN), and an individual can choose CAREERS to provide the essential services and supports needed for them to find, obtain and maintain a job.

For a complete explanation of our services, please click here.