YMCA Offers Employment Support Program for Adults with Special Needs

Achievers Day program at Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge developed to teach skills to those with special needs to help with finding employment and job retention.

The 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.  

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Lauren Hirtes August 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
We are so excited to be able to bring this much needed service to the community. There are just not enough similar programs being offered to this growing segment of the population. September 12th can't come soon enough!
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
This sounds like such a great program, and I know it's something that the parents of special needs children who reach an age when they must leave school programs have been talking about. Parents, what do you think?


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