The Somerset Hills YMCA is pleased to introduce the Achievers Day Program for adults with special needs. This low-cost program has been developed in response to growing unemployment among those with special needs and families’ concerns about the preparedness of adults with special needs entering the workforce.
The Achievers Day Program is based on a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment and teaches skills in both classroom and natural settings. Special needs adults, ages 18 and older, will learn skills necessary for securing employment, how to interact with others during employment, as well as tips to encourage job retention. Most importantly, these adults will learn how to communicate with others in the work place.
“There is a huge gap in services available to adults with special needs that the Somerset Hills YMCA is committed to addressing with the Achievers Day Program,” commented Lauren Hirtes, Director of Special Needs at the Somerset Hills YMCA. “Participants in the Achievers Day Program will have a unique opportunity to learn skills for employment, but also practice these skills within a natural setting. These individuals will be able to enhance their understanding through concrete practice of everything they learn within the classroom in the safety and comfort of the Y.”
The program begins September 12. Participants enrolled in this 12-week program will be evaluated before enrollment to ensure proper placement. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
For more information, contact Lauren Hirtes as 908-766-7898 ext. 405.