Employment is the pathway to independence and helps define one’s place in community life. EmployAbility prepares individuals with disabilities for meaningful jobs in the community. One element of this program is the Academy for Employment and Independence, offering year-round life skills classes needed to obtain jobs and become more independent. Curriculum includes: the application process, resume building, interviewing skills, basic computer skills, general job requirements such as manners, hygiene and promptness, transportation issues, money management and interpersonal social skills. The other element of EmployAbility offers hands-on job skills training through PawsAbilities. Participants learn and practice valuable and translatable skills by baking, packaging, marketing and distributing dog treats, toys and bandanas. By evaluating strengths and considering the desires and needs of participants (and their families), we are able to help with local employment placement, self-employment or micro-business opportunities. With real jobs, they can climb out of poverty and have the opportunity to live independently.

See PawsAbilities to learn more about our latest initiative to offer real employment and job skills training opportunities.

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