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Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

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Supported Employment:

A program designed to meet the employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. The components involved are Discovery and Exploration, Job Development, Job Coaching, and Long-Term Retention.

Supported Employment Services are available at all Career Center locations.  Please see “Find a Career Center” for contact information and program specifics at each location, as well as referral/private pay options.

Supported Living:

Individuals in St. Louis City with various disabilities are assessed for strengths and needs in living independently. MERS/Goodwill provides assistance with identification of the apartment or house, referral to other neighborhood services, and long-term supports.

Offered through the Aftergut Center 314-241-3464.

Organizational (Sheltered) Employment:

Provides employment and case management services to persons who are choosing a sheltered workshop setting. Participants are required to be certified eligible for sub-minimum wages through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Some of the piece-rate work experiences available include packaging, assembly, collating, and machine operation.

This program is a computer disassembling program that employs individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals on the Autism spectrum.  Computers donated to Goodwill by the community and local businesses are disassembled and parts are recycled.

Offered through the Forest Park (314) 371-1296 and the Computer Works (3728 Market St. (314) 982-8952) locations:  7 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Pre-Employment Program:

Funded by DD Resources, Pre-Employment is an 8 – 12 week program that provides individuals with in-depth classroom and community-based vocational training.  Qualifying individuals must have a documented intellectual or developmental disability and live in St. Louis City.  The program is specifically for individuals who have many of the skills required to work in a competitive employment setting, but need more intensive training before they would be ready to begin an active job search within a Job Development program.  Each participant’s service is individualized, but can include support in the areas of work speed, communication, self-advocacy, conflict management, interview preparation, and general skill building.   Participants spend 20 hours each week doing individual skill building, group skill building at a volunteer worksite, and classroom-based Job Readiness Training.   The goal of the program is to prepare participants to enter into Supported Employment Job Development where they will receive support in obtaining employment in their desired field.

Offered through the Aftergut Center, contact Logan Weaver at 314-982-8894.
*Please call for referral and eligibility information.