Community Based Employment Services help individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to seek and obtain competitive employment opportunities and acquire the correct skills and assistance needed to succeed. Lifespire provides on-going counseling and support services throughout each individual’s employment experience, helping them to advance within the vocational setting in which they are employed. We offer our services in conjunction with ACCES-VR and OPWDD Employment Training Program.

Pathway to Employment: this is an OPWDD time limited service that will allows the individual to discover what types of vocational skills they possess, learn pre-employment skills, become more integrated into the community, develop a vocational or career plan and have the person develop skills to allow them to achieve the greatest skill of independence.

Community Prevocational Services: Through an enclave, groups of individuals are able to work together at one location, such as a college cafeteria or a nursing home. Lifespire staff members are present at all times, providing hands-on job coaching to help individuals obtain skills to lead to competitive employment.

Independent Job Placement: Individuals look for jobs with the support of Lifespire staff. Once they find a job, Lifespire staff members are at the job site daily to help them adjust. The support includes orientation to their work site, teaching them who to turn to for help, and hands-on job coaching until they are ready to work independently.

Eligibility Criteria: In order to be considered for these services, the individual will need to provide the program he/she is involved with along with documentation (medical, psychological and psychosocial) which demonstrates evidence of a developmental disability.

All people interested in applying for our services please call 212-741-0100 or e-mail us at supportedemployment@lifespire.org.