VocLinks is the community-based day program of spurwink|ri . VocLinks provides individualized job placement and job coaching services within local businesses for adults and adolescents who have developmental disabilities. The people we support are generally placed in short-term internships within the community to assess their work skills. Following an assessment period, job placement then takes place based on each individual’s interests and skill level, with job coaching supports provided, as needed. Individual skill development is also taught to the individuals we support, with an emphasis on acquiring greater independence in daily living skills, such as cooking, household chores, public transportation, and money management.
Additionally, a recreational/social skill component is incorporated into weekly programming to enhance the quality of life and to provide an opportunity to develop a social network of support and friendship. VocLinks offers assistance with Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) and On the Job Training (OJT) reimbursements as an additional incentive to employers who train and hire people with disabilities.
How Do I Get Started?
Individuals are referred to VocLinks from MHRH, the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Rehabilitation Services. Following the completion of an initial intake process, our employment specialists work in a collaborative manner with individuals to discuss expectations and desired outcomes for employment and day programming to determine an individualized plan of treatment.
In the provision of day services we value:
- Respect for human rights, needs, and preferences;
- Individualized planning and job placement tailored to the needs of the person;
- Continuous learning, self-direction, and personal adjustment;
- Employing the best practices in Supported Employment;
- The promotion of safety, health, and wellness;
- Communication based on honesty and integrity;
- Teamwork, professionalism, and commitment to excellence.
To make a referral for VocLinks Services, contact Mary Anne Maciel, M.Ed, at 401-4380 ext. 112