Day Habilitation & Vocational Training

Through its Day-Habilitation and Supported Employment programs, D&S Community offers age-appropriate community training and employment opportunities. The goal for each individual is to maximize his or her potential to succeed in the community.

Learning Skills

The D&S Day Habilitation Program provides skills training classes and other opportunities for consumers to improve the degree of their independence in the community. Skills training classes to improve activities of daily living include:

  • Personal grooming and hygiene
  • Money management
  • Reading and language
  • Anger management and relaxation
  • Proper nutrition
  • Healthy exercise
  • Etiquette

Companion Activities

To supplement the skills training, consumers engage in other activities designed to reinforce the class work. Activities offered include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Board games
  • Dance competitions
  • Dominoes and similar games

The Day Habilitation Program works in conjunction with the Supported Employment Program to provide consumers job readiness training. This readiness training may consist of presenting consumers with opportunities to work on a supervised lawn care enclave, perform piecework assembly tasks or participate in janitorial training at the Day Habilitation Center. Each activity and experience is used to help determine the individual's ability and readiness to work in the community.



Social Skill Development Activities

To help consumers develop appropriate social skills and learn to better interact with others, the D&S Day-habilitation Program sponsors numerous social events that often include:

  • A monthly weekend dance
  • Monthly birthday celebrations
  • Summer cookouts
  • Christmas and Thanksgiving banquets
  • Halloween costume party
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July parties
  • Valentine celebration
  • Occasional small group lunches with agency staff
  • Planned outings to local parks, recreation centers, movie theaters, and libraries.

Consumers actively participate in the planning, setup and promotion of each of these special events.

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