““We were fortunate enough for Emily to be a part of the first group of participants in We Work! That has proved to be one of the best things ever to happen for her. As a result of participating in We Work!, Emily has been employed as administrative assistant at DSACK since 2017. She is not a volunteer, she is employed! She loves knowing that she is earning her own money. She has developed a greater sense of self-confidence and frequently looks for ways to take on more responsibility at her job. Her position at DSACK has given her the opportunity for personal growth and has allowed her to build relationships with her co-workers and peers that are invaluable to her."
Unemployment and underemployment for students with intellectual disabilities are still the status quo in Kentucky. Too often, families are not sure of the process to gain supports and resources available to help their students achieve meaningful employment. And our students are often steered toward meaningless jobs and even jobs that pay sub-minimum wage.
Fortunately, DSACK is not accepting the status quo!
Our We Work! Career Planning Initiative – for students AND parents/caregivers – gives students the opportunity to work with our trained DSACK staff on pre-employment training and job exploration. They will complete workbook modules in the areas of self-advocacy, self-determination, workplace relations, and communication skills. Parents will hear from local experts on topics such as supported employment, post-secondary opportunities, how working affects government benefits, and special needs planning.
As with everything DSACK does, this program is FREE, thanks to a very generous grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and Wells Fargo Foundation. Classes are open to students 15 years or older. There is no maximum age limit. This is for students in high school or adults out of school who can benefit from learning these skills. If your student has completed a previous We Work! class, he or she is welcome to join again as a refresher course
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