Vocational Services

This program provides services for adults with disabilities (ages 18 and older) who want to determine their work abilities, improve their work skills, or locate community employment.  Acceptance into the program is based on our ability to meet an individual’s specific needs, the availability of funding, and the individual’s on-going desire to participate in the program. Training predominantly takes place within our manufacturing plant and at locations owned by the agency. Program participants earn wages for the work that they perform.

Vocational Evaluation is a way to determine strengths, interests, and abilities through formal testing and workplace observations. Vocational evaluations last approximately 2 to 4 weeks depending on the program consumer’s scheduling requirements. Evaluations occur at the CCAR Manufacturing Plant or at a community employment site. Consumers earn wages for the actual work performed during the course of their vocational evaluation.  When the evaluation is complete, a team meeting is held to discuss recommendations for program assignment, areas of training need, and/or community placement. Most individuals who enter Manufacturing Plant programs complete an evaluation prior to program assignment.

Supported Employment is designed to provide community employment for individuals with disabilities who require job coach supervision and other assistance in the workplace to maintain employment.  Typically, consumers work in small groups or individually with job coach supervision.  This is dependent on the individual’s level of need.  Transportation is available from the job coach or the transportation program.

The Placement Program is designed to be a short-term program (typically 90 days in duration once the individual obtains employment).  The focus of this program is to help individuals in locating, obtaining, and maintaining a community job.  Individuals who enter this program are typically “job ready”, but may require assistance to complete job applications, identify work accommodations, schedule transportation, etc..  Staff can also assist individuals in understanding the impact of work on their benefits. Individuals in this program would need to be eligible for and/or already receiving services from the Ilinois Department of Human Services – Division of Rehabilitation Services.