VOCATIONAL SERVICES

 

 

There are many types of vocational services available from community agencies after graduation from high school.  Many may begin providing services prior to a student’s actual graduation date to aid in the transition process.  Most agencies encourage early contact (a year or two before graduation) so that parents and students are informed about what type of employment assistance is available after high school.

 

PARENTS AND STUDENTS SHOULD CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO SPEAKING WITH AGENCIES OFFERING VOCATIONAL SERVICES:

 

What kind of employment situation does your child desire and what do you want for your child?

·         How much flexibility is available for a work schedule?

·         What kind of work environment?

·         What skills can be offered to an employer?

·         What rate of pay?

·         What benefits will be needed  (example: insurance)?

 

What kind of support is needed to find and keep a job?

·         Help getting a job?

·         Help learning a job?

·         Help keeping a job?

·         Transportation training?

 

What kind of transportation can you provide for your child or what are the public options?

·         Self transport?

·         Ride from family/friend?

·         Taxi?

·         Public Transportation?

·         Other?

 

  

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK AGENCIES OFFERING VOCATIONAL SERVICES:

 

1.  How are the services paid for?  Do I have to pay?

2.  How long do your services last?

3.  What is the process to apply for services?  Is there a waiting list?  How long can we expect to wait before services are provided?

4.  What kind of Transportation Services are available?  How are they paid for?

5.  Do you provide services other than employment (Examples: social groups, work support groups, recreation, case management)?

6.  How are parents involved?

7.  What happens if a job change is necessary?

 

 

TYPES OF VOCATIONAL SERVICES OFFERED BY COMMUNITY AGENCIES

 

Vocational Evaluation - Testing to determine vocational interests, aptitudes and training needs to be successful on a job or in another vocational goal.

 

Competitive Employment - The individual is provided with vocational guidance and job development to provide a good job match.  Follow up services are conducted with the individual and the employer to assist in job maintenance or problem solving as needed.  These services are typically short-term.

 

Supported Employment - The individual is provided vocational guidance, assessment and job development to ensure a good job match.  One-on-one job coaching is usually provided during the acquisition phase and is faded back as the individual becomes independent.  Once an individual is performing the job independently, job coaching is reduced to intermittent follow-up and problem solving on an as needed basis.   

 

Extended Services - Long-term job coaching services for individuals who are anticipated to require job coaching to maintain employment for an indefinite period of time.  Two job-coaching contacts per month is the minimum support provided.

 

Work Adjustment Training - Training on a short-term basis (up to 12 months) to assist in learning basic work skills and appropriate work habits.  The training takes place in an in-house (workshop) setting or the community to prepare the person for supported or competitive employment.  This program is limited in DuPage County.

 

Sheltered Workshop Programs - The agency owns and operates an industry that provides work or subcontract work in an industrial setting.  Individuals participating in this program do “piece work” and may be paid according to their productivity, sometimes less than minimum wage.  This may be the beginning point for many individuals to gain work skills and work behaviors.  Motivated individuals may seek other employment opportunities and programs.

 

Developmental Training - A day program designed for individuals with disabilities that offers instruction and supervision.  Developmental training programs focus attention of functional daily living, recreation & leisure opportunities, and various community activities.  Paid work opportunities may also be available to individuals.

  

 

 

AGENCIES OFFERING VOCATIONAL SERVICES IN

DUPAGE COUNTY

 

Illinois Department of Human Services,

Division of Rehabilitation Services  (DHS-DRS)

(Formerly DORS)

 

2901 Finley, Suite 109

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 495-0500 Voice, (630) 495-2294 TTY

www.dhs.state.il.us

 

DHS - DRS staff provide vocational counseling, guidance and job placement services.  They coordinate referrals and funding to agencies for vocational services such as vocational evaluation, competitive and supported employment, trial work, on-the-job evaluation, on-the-job training, and extended services.  The DHS-DRS counselor monitors progress in vocational programs.  The DHS-DRS counselor also provides funding for additional services that may be needed for successful employment such as assistive devices, counseling, training, tools, equipment and tutoring.  Funding for some services is based on the customer and family’s financial need.

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 Parents Alliance Employment Project

837 S. Westmore-Meyer Rd

Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: (630) 495-4345 Ext. 211

TTD:  (630) 495-0655

Fax:  (630) 495-0387

Website:  www.ietc-dupageco.com

 

·        Supported Employment

·        Competitive Employment

·        Pre-employment skills workshops

 

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Ray Graham Association - Community Employment Services

2777 Finley Road

Downers Grove, IL  60515

Phone:  (630) 495-0289

TDD:  (630) 628-2352

Fax:  (630) 495- 0317

www.ray-graham.org

 

·        Vocational Evaluation, including community based assessments

·        Job Placement

·        Supported Employment

·        Extended Employment Services

 

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Ray Graham Association - Community Learning Centers

Central Intake Department

2801 Finley Road

Downers Grove, IL  60515

Phone:  (620) 620-2222

Fax:  (630) 628-2351

TDD:  (630) 628-2352

 

Ray Graham Association’s Community Learning Centers offer a variety of options daily.  These options include, but may not be limited to:

·        Support to participate in the community for learning, work, and recreation.

·        Support to participate in volunteer and paid work.

·        Life Skills learning opportunities

·        Daily living skill development

 

Community Learning Center Locations

 

Elmhurst

420 W. Madison

Elmhurst, IL

Ph: 630-834-4106

 

Lombard

436 S. Main St.

Lombard, IL

Ph:  630-620-9663

 

Hanson Center

15 W 431 59th St.

Burr Ridge, IL

Ph:  630-325-3857

 

Main Street

1155 N. Main St.

Lombard, IL

Ph:  630-953-9574

 

Lisle

1989 University Ave.

Lisle, IL

Ph:  630-353-1697

 

Bloomingdale

304 Glen Ellyn Rd.

Bloomingdale, IL

630-351-1024

 

Downers Grove

2777 Finley Rd.

Downers Grove, IL

Ph:  630-495-0289

 

 

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Spectrum Vocational Services

2302 Wisconsin Ave.

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 852-7520

www.littlefriendsinc.com

 

·        Vocational Evaluation

·        Supported Employment

·        Competitive Employment

·        Transitional Work Program

·        In-House Sheltered Workshop Programs

 

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Supported Employment Associates (SEA)

P.O. Box 4714

Wheaton, IL 60189-4714

Phone: (630) 653-5662

Fax:  (630) 839-3308

E-mail:  sea@core.com

www.SEAssociates.org

 

·         Supported Employment

·         Competitive Employment

·        Extended Services

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DuPage County Health Department

 

422 N.  Prospect

Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: (630) 682-7979

 

·         Competitive Employment and Supported Employment, specifically for individuals with serious persistent mental illness.

·         Pre-employment and job skills training.

·         Psychosocial rehabilitation.

 

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Illinois Department of Employment Security

Illinois Employment and Training Center (IETC)

837 S.  Westmore

Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: (630) 495-4345

www.ides.state.il.us

 

·         Competitive Employment (administers the Job Service program for the general public.)

 

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AGENCIES OFFERING VOCATIONAL SERVICES IN NEARBY COUNTIES

(SOME SERVE DUPAGE COUNTY RESIDENTS)

 

CARES Chicago

3333 W. Arthington, Suite 139

Chicago, IL  60624

Phone: (773) 265-3300

Fax:  (773) 265-3308

 

·         Competitive Employment

 

 

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The Association for Individual Development (AID)

309 West New Indian Trail Ct.

Aurora, IL 60506

Phone: (630) 844-5040

Fax:  (630) 844-9011

www.the-association.org

 

Serves Aurora residents who live in DuPage County and Kane and Kendal County Residents

 

·        Competitive Employment

·        Supported Employment

·        Work Adjustment Training

·        In-House Sheltered Workshop programs

·        Extended Services

·        Janitorial Service Program

 

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Cornerstone

800 Black Road

Joliet, IL 60435

Phone:  (815) 727-6667

Fax:  (815) 727-6661 (6688)

 

·        Supported Employment

·        Competitive Employment

·        Sheltered Workshop

 

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ILC Enterprises

6918 Windsor Ave.

Berwyn, IL  60502

Phone: (708) 795-4800

Fax:  (708) 795-4834

 

The following services are provided to persons with a primary diagnosis of chronic mental illness:

·         Work Adjustment Training in a client run businesses

·         Supported Employment

·         Competitive Employment

·        Vocational Evaluation

·        Skill training.

·        Screening, assessment, and support for children of low income families.

·        Psycho-social rehabilitation.

·        24 Hour Crisis Hotline.

·        Psychiatric Evaluations.

·        Medication Management.

 

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Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center

9649 W. 55th Street

Countryside, IL  60525

Phone:  (708) 352-3580

www.hhrehab.org

 

·        Competitive Employment

·        Supported Employment

·        Sheltered Workshop

·        Work Adjustment Training

 

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Seguin Services

3100 S. Central Avenue

Cicero, IL

(708) 863-3803

www.seguin.org

 

·        Supported Employment and Competitive Employment

 

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Glenkirk

3504 Commercial Avenue

Northbrook, IL

(847) 272-5111

www.glenkirk.org

 

·        Workshop

·        Supported Employment and Competitive Employment

 

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Aspire (Formerly PARC)

9901 Derby Lane

Westchester, IL  60154

(708) 547-3560

www.aspireofillinois.org

 

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Clearbrook Center

746 S. Vermont   

Palatine, IL  60008

(847) 870-7711

www.clearbrook.org

 

 

·        Vocational Evaluation

·        Supported and Competitive Employment

·        Skills Training

·        Day Training

 

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Anixter Center

2001 N. Clybourn #302

Chicago, IL  60614

Phone:  (773) 248-6500

Fax:  (773) 268-7345

www.anixter.org

 

·        Supported Employment and Competitive Employment

·        Services for deaf and hearing impaired.

·        Businesses – janitorial and packaging.

·        Day Training.

 

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OTHER AGENCIES  OFFERING DEVELOPMENTAL TRAINING

 

 Marklund, Inc.

Developmental Training at Mill Creek

Marklund Hyde Center

Geneva, IL 60134

Phone: (630) 593-5500

www.marklund.org

 

 

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RRAF

613 S. Main Street

Lombard, IL  60148

Phone: (630) 495-7723

 

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