Prevocational programs are established to identify and address the needs, and promote the abilities, of adults considered to have an intellectual disability and who might also have a secondary disabling characteristic.
The program focuses on developing individual potential, assisting individuals to have more meaningful participation in their community, and meeting individual challenges that need to be addressed before participation sin a traditional vocational or community employment program can occur.
In order to achieve these goals the program focuses on the development of competencies in many areas that may include, but are not limited to:
- Life skills, including self help skills
- Social skills
- Functional academics
- Community access
- Self-awareness and self-esteem
- Workplace relationships
- Work skills
- Leisure activity participation, within the context of a vocational service
Work serves as one of the media for the prevocational experience.
The Vocational program of Flowercart serves those individuals considered intellectually disabled who require job skill training. This includes training in job performance skills as well as the work-related attitudes, habits and interpersonal skills necessary for success at work. A vocational program participant may or may not have the goal of competitive employment.
Each vocational department serves a small group of people with a defined amount of vocational instructors: therefore, a person working in the departments must:
- be able to work alone and as part of a group without constant or 1 to 1 supervision
- have the understanding of and ability to access community resources, e.g., corner store, transportation, or have the support(s) in place to facilitate access to community resources.
The vocational departments provide valued work and training opportunities through on-site business activities in order to assist each participant to achieve the job performance skills, as well as the work-related attitudes, habits and interpersonal skills required to be successful in any work setting.
Community Employment Services exist to:
- establish and maintain clients in jobs in the community which fulfill the clients’ realistic employment goals
- maintain or increase the success of clients in community jobs
- help clients acquire or enhance generic work skills, job-specific skills and employment maintenance skills
- increase employability of clients
- provide paid employment for clients
- provide or facilitate work experience and training opportunities for clients
Community Employment Services serve adults considered intellectually disabled who:
- demonstrate a desire to work at a job in the community;
- show promise of being able to succeed at competitive employment (ability, desire, availability, and adaptability to work); and
- benefit from employment, employment-related work opportunities and/or employment–related training
Community Employment Services also include two projects, Partners In Employment Outreach, and The Flower Cart Group’s Literacy Program.