Vocational Training

Empathy Job Training programs are geared for people with developmental, learning, physical and intellectual disabilities or other medical issues. These programs include vocational training designed to prepare individuals for a variety of work environments. All of the programs are developed in collaboration with a Business Advisory Council so that they meet the needs of today’s businesses and are taught by caring, well trained staff who work closely with the participants. Mock interviews are also conducted during the training period to strengthen presentation skills for the interview process.

Services are provided based on individual needs. Some of these services are:

  • Medical, psychological and vocational evaluation to determine the nature and degree of the disability and the consumer's job capabilities,
  • Counseling and guidance to help the consumer and family plan vocational goals and adjust to the working world,
  • Training to learn job skills in trade school, college, university, on the job or at home,
  • Hearing examinations, hearing aids and other communication equipment, aural rehabilitation and interpreter services for the deaf and hearing impaired,
  • Medical treatment and/or therapy to lessen or remove the disability,
  • Assistive devices such as artificial limbs, braces, and wheelchairs to stabilize or improve functioning on the job or at home,
  • Rehabilitation technology devices and services to improve job functioning,
  • Training in appropriate work behaviors and other skills to meet employer expectations,
  • Job placement assistance to find jobs compatible with the person's physical and mental ability, and follow-up after job placement to ensure job success.

During this work readiness training program and working individually and in small groups, individuals will focus on:

  • Interpersonal skills – getting along with co-workers and supervisors
  • Communication skills – listening, speaking clearly, following directions
  • Developing flexibility – working on different tasks and in varied work teams
  • Productivity – working quickly and accurately, meeting deadlines
  • Organizational skills – setting priorities, completing work as assigned
  • Problem solving – making decisions, taking responsibility
  • Personal appearance – hygiene and appropriate work attire
  • Attendance and punctuality – arriving each day on time and maintaining consistent attendance

Consistent with the primary purpose of the program, Vocational Rehabilitation services also contribute to the support of persons with disabilities in the community as well as support their movement from nursing homes and institutions to community-based settings.