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Employment Services

Mount Rogers Community Services’ Industrial and Developmental Centers (IDC) offer a variety of employment and day services that provide training, support, and job opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Transportation to and from work may be available for eligible employees.

Services are designed to:

  • Develop or re-establish work skills, behavior, and habits (Work Adjustment Training)
  • Enhance and support wage-earning capability (Extended Employment)
  • Transition from school to work (Work Readiness Training)
  • Facilitate employment opportunities for persons who require support to work in integrated competitive employment (Supported Employment)

Extended Employment enhances and supports work skills and wage-earning capacity. Opportunities are provided for individuals to achieve desired employment outcomes to include increased wages, exposure to a variety of jobs, increased skills, and movement to community-based employment.

Supported Employment is designed to facilitate employment opportunities for persons who need support in finding and keeping a community job.

  • Situational Assessments are used to gain information on individuals with little or no work history or those who have not worked for a significant period of time to determine preferences for particular employment opportunities as well as the specific types and level of support necessary. Situational Assessments utilize job sites in the community to identify the skills, interests, and training needs of an individual to assist in making a good job match. This service also provides the opportunity for individuals to learn about community employment options and make informed employment decisions based on their preferences, abilities, and needs.
  • Individual Placement includes initial job skills training by a job coach to support the employee in becoming proficient with a community job. The job coach gradually reduces the level of support as the employee gains proficiency. Following the period of on-the-job training, ongoing follow-along services can be provided to support the individual in maintaining successful employment.

Day Support Services provide opportunities for peer interaction and community integration for adults with developmental disabilities

  • Group Day – Provided in groups of one staff to no more than seven individuals; activities may include skill building or support with personal care, problem solving skills, sensory, gross and fine motor skills, use of community resources, development of skills required for paid employment and other adaptive skills
  • Community Engagement – Provided in groups of one staff to no more than three individuals; provides a wide range of opportunities for individuals to build relationships and natural supports in the community while utilizing the community as the learning environment.
  • Community Coaching – Designed for individuals who need one-on-one support in order to build a specific skill to address a barrier(s) preventing the person from participating in activities of Community Engagement.

IDC General Admissions Criteria

  • Resident of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, or Wythe Counties or the City of Galax, Virginia
  • Have a diagnosed disability
  • 25 years of age or older for individuals seeking Extended Employment services; 18 years of age or older for individuals seeking other IDC services.
  • Additional criteria may apply for certain services

Employment Services are accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

 

For more information regarding the IDC’s employment services, please contact the Program Manager for your service area:

Twin County/Galax Center
494 Industrial Park Drive
Hillsville, VA 24343
(276) 728-2106

Wythe/Bland Center
255 George James Drive
Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 228-8651

Smyth Center
271 Mountain Empire Road
Atkins, VA 24311
(276) 783-7135

Transportation Services – Click here for more info.