Work and Personal Services:
Creative Solution for a Unique Challenge
One of VSI’s most unique programs, WPS has been studied regionally and even nationally for its unique expansion of opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
VSI’s Work and Personal Services helps people with disabilities who might otherwise not qualify for workshop opportunities.
State regulations require minimum abilities for workshop placement. Each year, several individuals fall below those levels, or don’t qualify in the first place. Ultimately, their only option becomes a day habilitation program or even just “staying home.”
VSI developed WPS to provide more intense supervision, motivation and assistance to these individuals as a means of increasing their work skills. This allows them to retain their options for employment. The techniques used include everything from community service to skill-training and other efforts. Many WPS participants have been able to increase their skill levels by two, three or even four times, allowing them to retain their workshop choice.
WPS has numerous examples of workers who were in danger of losing employment opportunities-who even exhibited limited communication skills-but who now flourish after a few months with Work and Personal Services.
A 55-year-old man went to the library for the first time. He was thrilled that there was a place where he could find all those books. Most importantly, he came back motivated to work. He's like a different person. WPS uses hobbies, volunteer work and other "elective" activities to teach work and personal skills and motivate workers to improve. The results are sometimes incredible: individuals frequently score two, three and four times higher than their previous results on state tests used to qualify workshop employees.
"Sometimes success means going beyond the norm," explained VSI Executive Director Randy Hylton. "But we have to do things to provide opportunities for everyone." The community also learns from the program. "We've had many people, including our own Board members, who were impressed with the contributions these workers make through volunteer work or other contacts," Hylton said. "You see people having success that others thought was impossible. We have one man who was told by state officials that he would never even get into a workshop and now he's successful. That's what really counts."
For more than 40 years, Vocational Services, Inc. has been working for the public good: providing employment and other vital services for citizens with developmental disabilities, and serving the business community with on-demand, flexible services and programs.
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