Types of Services
Employment may mean something different to each person. We offer a wide range of services to support your interests and needs.
Employment Exploration is a service that helps individuals gain a better understanding of employment opportunities in their community. Exploration services can help a person decide if they want to work in the community and can be an important first step to future planning. Exploration can help individuals learn about different jobs and introduces employment experience through activities such as business tours, informational interviews, and volunteering. Our goal is to help people develop a better understanding of their interests and the type of support they might need to accomplish their goals.
Employment Development is a service that assists individuals to discover their interests and increase their strengths to springboard their job search for an independent community job through activities such as resume writing, market and educational research, identifying employment barriers and career interests, and preparing to interview. Participating in development services helps the individual gain and improve marketable skills that will help them find a job.
Employment Support-Individual helps people maintain their job and grow in their career. Options, Inc. designs its services to meet individuals needs so whether they were just hired or have been in their position for a while, we can help support. We will work with them to identify what is important to and for them to be successful.
Employment Support activities include:
- Help building natural supports & relationships
- Education for the employers on accessibility & learning style
- Creating tools for increasing independence
- Strategies for self-management
Employment Support-Crew provides supervised work crews by partnering with area businesses to offer work opportunities at their place of business. Our work crews usually consist of four workers and a staff supervisor working together to provide valuable work training and support to workers, and to provide our business partners with quality services.
Prevocational Services within our facility we provide a variety of paid employment opportunities to meet the varied interests and needs of the people we serve, completing work for pay while increasing the various work sills. Some of the work opportunities include assembly, packaging, light machining and many more.
The main goal of this service is to support people in becoming involved in their community. Options provides opportunities for people to explore interests through enriched activities both in center and throughout their community. Individuals work together with staff to identify interests, set up community engagement opportunities that are meaningful and foster independence.
We focus on enriching the life of each participant by building upon his or her interests, skills, knowledge, unique strengths and abilities:
- Cooking Class
- Community integrated volunteer opportunities
- Support in the areas of self-care, communication and interpersonal skills
- Access to adaptive equipment & assistive technology
- Additional specialized supports for people with autism, health, and safety needs
Self-Advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself and things that are important to and for you. Self-Advocacy means you know your rights and resposibilities to make choices that affect your life. At Options, we have a self-advocacy group that creates public awareness through community involvement such as legislative efforts, teaching others about rights, and giving back to local community through food and toy drives.
We are also very proud to partner with Climb Theatre for weekly, customized classes. Their work inspires positive action to help people with challenging issues in these important areas: