When you ask a person with a disability what they want most, the list varies but some answers are very common: independence; recognition; integration into community. At the Opportunity Foundation, we feel that meaningful, integrated employment provides all these things and more for people of diverse abilities.
Discovery and Career Development
Employment is one of the keys for an individual to engage with the community, gain independence and build a strong sense of self and confidence. Discovery is the first step in identifying a person’s desires, interests, goals and skills in order to create a profile for each person to better facilitate a good match of employees to employers in community-based employment. This process includes visits to various businesses, classroom instruction, and on-the-job training.
Career development goes hand-in-hand with the discovery process by developing long-term plans that are designed to lend clarity and set goals for those individuals who enter the workforce. Just like you and I, supported persons want and need an avenue for growth and variety in their choices of employment opportunities and we give them the tools to successfully pursue those choices. By hiring people of diverse abilities you will be employing individuals who are eager to learn, who are punctual and loyal.
Approximately 96,000 people, or 2.9% of the state’s population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, or getting around inside of their homes.