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.
Currently, individuals working Monday through Friday in Employment Services are able to accumulate, use, and be paid for sick, vacation, and holiday time. As of November 1, 2017, this policy will change. Individuals will continue to earn time at the rate they have done so previously, and they may take days off work as they always have. However, they will no longer be paid for those days.
This change is being made as a result of a recommendation from one of HDC’s oversight entities. Additionally, HDC is no longer getting reimbursed for costs when people use these benefit days.
For those who have accumulated time, they are encouraged to use those days up by December 31, 2017. If any accrued time remains on December 31, 2017, it will be paid out on the next paycheck.
Questions may be directed to Employment Services Casemanagers.
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 email@example.com
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.
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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 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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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.