Work Skills Training
The Roosevelt Warm Springs Employment Development Services program has been assisting individuals with disabilities prepare for employment for over 40 years with individualized vocational rehabilitation services planning for the unique needs of each participant. The vocational rehabilitation program is provided through a team approach with core teams comprised of Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Vocational Coordinators, Behavioral Specialists, Activities of Daily Living Coordinators, and Instructors. Additional team members may also include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and other specialists at Roosevelt Warm Springs. Medical, neuropsychological, psychological and psychiatric consultation is also available as needed in the vocational rehabilitation process.
Individualized services will incorporate the assessment of basic worker readiness, social and personal adjustment development, as well as the participation in work activity, work sites and potentially specific work skill training that provide an opportunity for further assessment, as well as allow participants to prepare for emplpyment. These programs include:
- Prowork: Individual assessment in an industrial setting to provide an introduction to workplace expectations and worker readiness in the areas of work behaviors, work accuracy and productivity.
- Work Sites: Participants have the opportunity to participate at work sites either on campus or in the community that provide opportunity for work experiences and exposures to a variety of work settings and work tasks. Depending upon the work site, opportunity may also be provided to support the development of work skills in a real work setting. The work site program at Roosevelt Warm Springs is grounded in work site (job) analysis to provide a framework for work training, as well as the identification of job coaching strategies, work site accommodation needs, work place training and literacy expectations, as well as the potential benefit of assistive technology.
- Work Skills Training: Skill training currently available includes Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Printing Assistant, Retail Sales Operator and Computer ReBoot. Cosmetology, Horticulture, and Auto Detailing training programs are being finalized and will begin soon. The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides evaluation and functional skill training in Retail Sales Operation for individuals who are legally blind and meet entry requirements. For those individuals who are uncertain of their vocational goals, vocational evaluation services are available to provide Limited Vocational Evaluations, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations and Vocational Profiles. Vocational evaluation services are individualized and based upon the needs of the participant incorporating traditional test and measurements along with authentic assessment, discovery and situational assessment strategies.
Participation in Work Skills Training may also include job interviewing training, job resume/portfolio development and support in job development activities.