Services

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

Supported Work Program

The cornerstone for all our services. Our Employment Specialists utilize a unique one-on-one focus to generate creative job placement solutions for people with disabilities. We help people find jobs, then provide the training and ongoing support needed to maintain them.

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.

Workforce Readiness & Financial Education Job Club

Endorsed by New York State Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), this classroom-style program helps individuals learn the skills needed to obtain employment and create a successful working partnership with their employers and co-workers, as well as develop financial proficiency.

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. 

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.

High School Transition Program

By working collaboratively with local high schools, we educate and connect high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to workforce readiness skills and jobs to help them experience successful school-to-work transitions.

Site-Based Internship Program

CAREERS contracts with area school districts to teach life skills to students while setting up internships, and eventually paying jobs, 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.

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.

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.

Where Our Clients Work

CAREERS offers individualized job search services for each client based upon where he or she lives, and his or her work history and job preferences. Here are just some of the employers with whom we have partnered:

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