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Employment Services

The Arc of Rensselaer County supports people with intellectual disabilities in becoming engaged, employed citizens of their communities. Since 1986, our employment services have focused on finding the right job to fit a person's individual skills and abilities, interests, passions, community connections and personal resources.

Initial employment supports include getting to know the person, assessing job skills, exploring career options, performing job development and placement as funded by ACCES-VR, a division of the New York State Education Department.

Once stabilzed in a job, long term, follow along supports increases a person's employment sustainability and works to advance their careers. Benefits counseling is provided to insure that people are receiving the government supports to which they are entitled.

Our employment staff strive to form a partnership with the person, their family and the employer to help develop rewarding careers that enable people with disabilities to become contributing, tax paying, valued members of their communities.

Assist individual’s with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment through a self-discovery process to identify individual skills and interest to reach career and employment goals.

ACCES-VR

State-funded agency that assists individuals with vocational rehabilitation services and opportunities to work in jobs integrated within their communities.

OPWDD

Many programs available to explore types of employment or volunteer opportunities best suited for each individual.