Employment for adults with developmental disabilities provides many benefits for them, as well as for the businesses where they work. Meaningful work helps them learn skills for independence, enhances feelings of confidence and self-worth, and includes them as part of the larger community. An excellent work training program for adults with developmental disabilities provides comprehensive training for these employment skills.
Many adults with developmental disabilities need help with soft skills before they can be seriously considered for a job. Some of these skills include:
These are task or industry-specific skills that must be mastered before they can begin the job search process. Some of the types of jobs they might be trained for might include:
The first part of helping an adult with developmental disabilities gain meaningful employment is to figure out what type of job that they would like to have that they can perform. This may involve work assessments, skills tests, and communication with a trusted teacher or mentor. Other skills in this area include:
Once an adult with developmental disabilities gets a job, they may need some additional task-specific help and training before they can be completely independent. These coaches work with the hiring company and the individual to learn the basics of the job in a low-stress way. The coach answers questions, models work tasks, helps them with interactions with the customers, co-workers, and managers to help build that individual’s confidence. Then that coach checks-in with the worker and the worker’s manager periodically to get progress reports.
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