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Employment Services

HDC offers a wide range of services to help people learn what is necessary to be successful on the job and to increase integration into their community.

Evaluation

Evaluation helps individuals explore their interests and abilities. Various methods are used to help with this discovery, including situational assessments, counseling, and community integration experiences.

Prevocational Services and Organizational Employment

These services help people develop their vocational strengths and reduce the barriers to successful employment in the community. A variety of paid work experiences, individual and group counseling, individual and group instruction, skill building activities, and personalized work services are provided, and these services can be provided both at HDC and in the community. People experience the intrinsic value of work and the feelings of respect and self-worth generated by being productive and earning a paycheck for the work completed.

For more information regarding participant requirements, please contact the Center at 563-391-4834 or e-mail Katy Decker at katydecker@hdcmail.org

 

 

Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act

In an effort to make community employment always the first option for people with disabilities, a new law was enacted in July 2016.  The Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA) through the Department of Labor requires all participants who work in the workshop or pre-vocational area to receive career counseling by a qualified counselor and to receive referral information for self-advocacy, self-determination, and mentoring services.  This counseling must come from someone other than HDC.

 

CLICK HERE for the “Let’s Talk About Work!” presentation.

CLICK HERE for “Follow Up Discussion Form”.

CLICK HERE for a list of resources and referral information.

Dayhabilitation

Dayhabilitation Services encourage participants to try new activities and expand their horizons. Individual and group counseling, classroom activities, and individual and group instruction are provided in order to increase individuals’ abilities in many areas, such as social skills, recreation and leisure skills, and activities of daily living. Opportunities to access community resources and events are emphasized.

Community Employment

Community Employment supports individuals in their work settings. Services include assistance with obtaining a job, such as help with identifying vocational interests and abilities, completing resumes, and interviewing skills. Once a job is obtained, on-the-job training, job counseling, and job coaching are available. Individuals are matched with employers according to their interests, skills, and job responsibilities.

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Handicapped Development Center

People with disabilities have the same fundamental rights and needs as everyone else. They want to be loved, to feel worthy, and to be part of their community. HDC helps people achieve those goals.

By being consumers, employees, taxpayers, and neighbors, HDC participants achieve a sense of belonging. From the work they do, they experience pride and satisfaction for doing a job well and being rewarded by a paycheck. By living in the community, they learn what it's like to pay bills and how to be a responsible citizen and a good neighbor.

Handicapped Development Center

Handicapped Development Center06/23/2017 at 8:40am

Last night, the Olsens did a great job explaining the ABLE Act. Next week, we'll learn about special needs trusts. Come and join us!

Handicapped Development Center

Handicapped Development Center06/22/2017 at 9:47am

Staff and participants planted cattails and milkweek to create a mini bioswale at the Brady St. building. They are enjoying the outdoors while they tend to the area.

Handicapped Development Center

Handicapped Development Center06/21/2017 at 2:56pm

Join us tomorrow to learn the latest on the ABLE Act.

Handicapped Development Center

Handicapped Development Center06/20/2017 at 9:07am

Handicapped Development Center

Handicapped Development Center06/19/2017 at 6:17am

On these hot days, those new umbrellas are a welcome break from the sun, especially when people are waiting for their buses at the end of the day. Thanks for the grant to put these up Theisen's!