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Employment and pre-employment services assist people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with learning the skills needed to obtain and maintain a competitive or integrated job they have a passion for in the community of their choosing. It is a well-known fact that individuals who work have a better quality of life and feel more productive. Employment support staff work with people who have a desire to work achieve their desired level of success.

Career Visions

Career Visions employment services provide person-centered supports to people as young as 14 years of age to teach employability skills, create a quality resume, practice interview skills and assist in obtaining and maintaining a job in the community.  

These services include:

  • Supported employment
  • Pathways to employment
  • Project Evolve

Career Visions staff have fostered many business partnerships and relationships in our local areas, from Malone to Tupper Lake.  

Contact

Malone Office Phone:518-483-1250
Saranac Lake Office Phone:518-891-2590

Referral sources
A referral is needed to obtain employment support services through Citizen Advocates. A member of our staff, such as a Targeted Case Manager, can help you with the process, but for more information see the links below:

Job development services

Job development is a service wrapped in to all of our employment services. Employment staff work with each individual supported to find out what they have an interest or desire in doing. Once that’s determined, staff (and the person supported) explore the possible options for job training in the community.

Contact

Malone Office Phone:518-483-1250
Saranac Lake Office Phone:518-891-2590

Employment Training Program

The Employment Training Program is a service offered specifically to state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligible participants. In most cases, it starts with an in-depth discovery process to learn more about the job seeker. The discovery process includes interviews with family, friends and staff, volunteering and job shadows, and community assessments at various businesses within the community. This helps the person, and employment staff, better learn what the person’s skills are and what their barriers are. Once the discovery process has been completed and approved by OPWDD, job development begins. One key factor that makes the Employment Training Program different from other employment programs is that when a job is found, the person is actually put on NYS payroll for up to a year. This gives businesses more incentive to hire participants of that program since they aren’t responsible for the person’s wages for a period of time. The program also allows for intensive job coaching.   

Contact

Malone Office Phone:518-483-1250
Saranac Lake Office Phone:518-891-2590
Madison Weise Employment Training Program Supervisor madison.d.lively@opwdd.ny.gov Phone:518-359-4269

Extended/Follow Along Services

Follow Along Services are designed to help a person who is employed maintain their job. Employment staff work with the person, and the employer, to ensure success for the individual by assisting them to implement solutions to overcome any barriers or obstacles to their continued success. Follow Along Services can be provided to people through each funding source (OPWDD, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), Commission for the Blind and Health and Recovery Plan (HARP)).

Contact

Malone Office Phone:518-483-1250
Saranac Lake Office Phone:518-891-2590

Need help navigating our intellectual & developmental disabilities services?

At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.

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