At Ardmore, we understand just how important finding the right job is for anyone, especially someone with a disability. That is why we work with each person we support to develop an employment plan centered around their talents, interests and skills. Some of these plans include full or part-time employment (at minimum wage or better), employee-owned businesses, or a mix of employment, volunteerism and activities. We offer job development, placement, career development, counseling, supervision, training, and support, through both DDA and DORS funding.
Customized Employment is a strategic process based on person-centered planning. Our employment team team-based approach that begins with each individual person we support. Ardmore’s team works to get to know each person through a process called Discovering Personal Genius™ (DPG)*. Our team utilizes tools that may include: home visits, interviewing significant people in the person’s life, verifying a person’s skills while also confirming their interests, and neighborhood mapping of local businesses and/or resources. With this gathered information, our team is able to identify Vocational Themes™, which are relevant to each person. All of these components join together to find the right job for the right person. Use this approach, Ardmore’s team is able to seek out community members to partner with.
Taking this approach circumvents the traditional approach which frequently leads to disappointment for people who have little to no paid work experience.
*Discovering Personal Genius and Vocational Themes are trademarked strategies of Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.