INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
It is important to remember that independent living does not necessarily mean doing everything on your own but refers to being able to make your own choices. We believe that people with disabilities are the best experts on their strengths and needs and should be in control of their own lives including the services that allow them to live independently. We provide tools to help develop abilities and empower individuals that lead to greater independence.
- Vocational and employment prep
- Group and individualized training
- Community based recreational opportunities
Over 50% of individuals with disabilities are unemployed. Whether you are new to employment or trying to reenter the job market; the goal can feel daunting. To help, the Disability Network Capital Area offers a range of employment related services ranging from information to targeted job skills training. We work with both adults and students. Services include:
- Disability awareness and job accommodations
- Self-advocacy – When you need to disclose a disability
- Transferable skills
- Systems navigation
- Interviewing, job applications, resumes
- Benefits Planning
- Assistive Technology
Examples of our services include a job club, and classes in transferable skills, communication, and travel training. In addition, we also provide information on how to prepare for job interviews and complete applications. We are the home to GOALden, a specialized vocational program for teens with Aspergers. Our partners include Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. Costs range from no charge to fee-for-service.