The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s Community Prevocational Services assist participants in developing employment readiness skills in an integrated community work setting. Participants will be taught about work experiences through volunteer efforts. Community Prevocational Services help to prepare participants to work by teaching the skills needed to be successful in a community work environment. Staff provide lessons and teach skills needed to build on a person’s strong points and assist with developing the abilities needed to pursue work in the future.
Who provides the Community Prevocational Services?
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence staff, who are trained and skilled in the implementation of vocational services. Assessments are taken periodically through observations and discussion with supervisors and staff.
Who can receive Community Prevocational Services?
Anyone who is eligible for HCBS Waiver Services! This may include a student getting ready to leave high school, a person already receiving Day Habilitation services, someone receiving SEMP services, ETP or Pathway to Employment, or someone receiving Prevocational services.
What tasks or activities are included in Community Prevocational Services?
- Following directions
- Maintaining focus
- Problem solving
- Work safety
- Increased productivity
- Routine management
- Time management
- Acquiring appropriate work habits
- Work hygiene
- Dressing for success
- Social skills training
- Familiarizing with job performance requirements
- Travel training
- Instruction on how to use job related facilities
How long can Community Prevocational Service last?
There are no set time limits for Community Prevocational services. Participants will be prepared to apply to a job best suited for their specific needs. For some, it may be moving into an integrated business workshop or applying for ACCESS-VR services to work with a job coach. Others may choose to continue to volunteer.