Training. Coaching. Paid Work.
A range of job programs for adults with disabilities.
Adults with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), autism spectrum disorder and traumatic brain injury are important contributors to our society. At PAI, we encourage clients who are willing and able to participate in our paid work programs. We offer supported work options that include a variety of community-based and center-based jobs, including job training and job coaching for people with disabilities. Our professional staff provides skills assessment, skills development and job support services. PAI works with clients to find a job that is well-suited to their preferences and skills. We recognize that, as they move through adulthood, clients also may want to participate in activities that are in addition to or outside their place of paid work. So, we offer a full range of recreational, social, life skill and community activities for a well-balanced life. As adults become established in their work environment, PAI staff members afford them room to grow.
Why should working with a disability limit the choices about where and how much someone is willing to work? PAI programs and services are designed to help our trainees and workers gain confidence and job skills, the keys to long-term, successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Some of our clients do better with center-based work that is low-stress, and adapted to their skill level. Others thrive in an integrated employment setting, working in the community with the support of a job coach. And some people choose to move from one setting to another, as their needs, job preferences, health status, or abilities change. Our staff supports this broad range of flexibility.
PAI is fortunate to have business partners in the community who depend upon us for quality contract work. This offers our clients the opportunity for a variety of paid employment experiences on-site. Our professional staff provides assessment and skill-building support, as well as quality control supervision for work done at PAI locations.
We also offer community-based employment services, focused on helping clients develop the vocational skills they need to meet the needs of employers in the community. Our professional staff provides skill building classes, along with supported paid work experiences, to ensure that our workers do well in this more competitive employment setting. We recognize that there are times when clients may not be able to maintain their supported community employment. PAI provides continued employment opportunities through the center-based work option if a community-based relationship cannot be maintained on the part of an individual or their employer.