Day Community Opportunities Program (DCOP)
Living Resources Employment Program, one of the first supported employment programs in the Capital District, has been providing employment services for individuals with disabilities since 1985 and transition services since 1997.
We currently serve approximately one hundred individuals in Albany, Columbia, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. Employment Program staff help individuals:
explore what kinds of jobs they might like to do
find a job that matches their interests and abilities
learn the various job tasks to maintain employment
Our goal is to make a good job match. i.e., to find a job that matches the individual's interests and abilities and provides an employer with a capable individual who is interested in that particular job. Once a job is secured, we provide on going support both to the individual and the employer with the goal of making each placement successful.
I feel every business has a position and could benefit from the individuals Living Resources has to offer. -Paul Hicks, Quality Foreign Car Care
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
We provide the following:
- vocational testing (e.g., interest inventories)
- work try-outs /situational assessments
- developing employment goals
- resume and interview preparation
- job development and placement
- travel training
- intensive training on the job
- on-going support to maintain employment
- career development
- referral to other services, if needed.
Services are available to individuals who have been diagnosed with either a developmental disability or brain injury. Referrals can be made through schools, rehabilitation facilities, by individuals or their families, NYS Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and/or NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). No fees are charged to individuals or employers. Services are funded through ACCES-VR and/or OPWDD.
Through the New York State Department of Labor and ACCES-VR, employers are offered a number of incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities. These include federal and state tax credits and may include reimbursement for wages paid during work try-outs.
For more information on employment services, contact Anne Valliere, Employment Program Director, at (518)218-0000 x5308, or email Anne.