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Lycoming County United Way
Description of Service
The Vocational Rehabilitation program assesses the vocational, behavioral, and independent/self-help skills of mentally challenged individuals and exposes them to a variety of activities to help them improve skills in needed areas. Habilitation services include vocational evaluation, the student transition program, vocational training and work opportunities, classroom instruction, and volunteer activities assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency.
Volunteer opportunities allow individuals to access the community, build relationships, and serve others. Community-based recreational activities allow individuals to interact with friends and peers in a more social setting.
Those who have the potential to be competitively employed will participate in Personal Work Adjustment Training (PWAT). This program provides work opportunities to develop and strengthen behaviors essential for job success. An additional goal of PWAT is to enhance pre-employment skills such as completing resumes and job applications and to learn interviewing skills.
Subcontract jobs provide monetary compensation and help improve individual self esteem. In addition to workshop based operations, off-site opportunities may also be available.
To apply for services, contact the Intake Coordinator at 570-326-3745. Referrals can be made through local organizations, such as Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, school district personnel, BLAST IU #17, community organizations, family members, and self-referrals. All referrals must meet eligiblity standards and licensing requirements.
Participants complete a vocational evaluation to assess their level of competency, potential and options. After a series of tests are completed, work experiences are provided on a wide range of job tasks. Upon completion of the evaluation, recommendations are made for future programming.