Adaptations Job Program
The mission of the Adaptations Job Program is to work with adults with all abilities, including those with developmental and/or learning disabilities, to maximize their highest level of vocational independence, from work-readiness opportunities to job development and, ultimately, integrated employment. We are unique because we are part of a larger supportive community, the Adaptations community, which allows us take a holistic approach to job development, intertwining social, recreational, and vocational goals. We support participants by embracing individuality with the understanding that the better you know yourself and your behaviors, the more informed and productive your career search, placement, and future will be.
The Community Work Experience is a four-day-a-week, six-month internship opportunity that allows participants to gain meaningful work experience in three different departments within a business setting. The goal of the internship is to prepare participants for employment. There are three eight-week rotations in various departments in a number of industries, including hospitality, real estate, mailroom, print shop, and library. Three days each week are spent working, and the fourth day includes Social Skills in the Workplace, a workshop that outlines and formalizes the goals practiced at the internship site. Topics include making a good impression, problem-solving and asking for help in the office, taking the perspective of colleagues, and more. These topics are then individualized and practiced at the internship site. An onsite job coach provides support to participants as well as to department supervisors to facilitate onboarding and the structuring of the work day.
Please note: A limited number of internship spots are available. An interview and intake are required for participation. For individuals currently enrolled in ACCES-VR, we offer employment services leading to integrated employment.
Join our community of employers, partners, and supporters! There are lots of ways to get involved:
- Contact us about open roles or internships at your company or organization. Let us match our capable participants with your needs.
- Not sure if you have a job opportunity for one of our candidates? Allow us to assist in customizing a job. We can assist in lightening the load of current employees.
- Bring your expertise and volunteer with us. We welcome guest speakers who can share their insight on the workplace and the hiring process.
- Invite us into your workplace to learn about interviewing, onboarding, and working with colleagues with autism and other developmental disabilities.
- Spread the word about our program to personal and professional connections who may be interested in getting involved.
- Our partnerships improve workplace culture and have been known to boost employee morale.
- Make a gift! Our services are only possible with the support of generous donors like you.
The Adaptations Job Program is designed to help Adaptations participants succeed in jobs and internship opportunities. We offer workshops and support both for participants who are looking for jobs and those who are interested in maintaining employment.
JobPREP (Preparation, Rehearsal, Employment Program)
Are you seeking employment and would like to gain insight into hidden social rules at work? We offer opportunities to learn about workplace etiquette, including developing or improving social skills in the workplace, first impressions, time management, interviewing practice, resumes, cover letters, and more. Each session includes interactive lessons, activities, handouts, and additional resources.
In addition to weekly sessions held onsite at the JCC, we offer professional development opportunities that include visits to different businesses and organizations to learn about office culture and career opportunities. Participants will prepare for the visit and go to the business, followed by a next-day processing review of the experience.
You landed the job—now how do you keep it? Join us for lively discussion and support on how to maximize your success at work. As a group we will discuss common problems and situations that arise at work. We will problem-solve and troubleshoot as we share our own work experiences, along with common pitfalls and challenges. Bring a snack and a willingness to share challenges and successes you experience at work.
Are you an Adaptations member seeking 1:1 support in navigating a path to employment? Are you currently working but want to update your skill set and resume? The Adaptations Job Program will be offering highly individualized 1:1 coaching sessions geared toward overcoming the barriers that may be interfering with finding and/or keeping a job. Sample sessions include working on executive functioning skills (organization, time management, etc.), social skills, networking, and stress management. Meetings may also consist of intensive interview preparation and practice. Emphasis is placed on self-awareness with the goal of helping participants reach their highest level of independence. Coaching sessions are collaborative and interactive.
Initial 1:1 coaching sessions must be purchased in a package of 3 for $210.
Sessions are scheduled as per staff availability.
Additional single sessions are $75 each.
On-the-job coaching sessions are $100 each.
This service, which began in November 2018, is based on coach availability.