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Invest in Potential
Learn how your business can benefit from hiring and working with individuals supported by Wildwood
- Adding qualified candidates to my workforce
- Hosting Internships or Job Try Outs
- Sharing my knowledge about work with jobseekers and trainees
- Gaining motivated volunteers at my non-profit
- Contacting our Workforce Development Specialist
Meet one-on-one with Wildwood’s Workforce Development Specialist to brainstorm how your business can partner with Wildwood today.
Workforce Development Specialist
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Vocational and Day Supports
Day Services at Wildwood provide an environment within which people who are eligible for service through OPWDD can be involved in meaningful activities that allow them to grow and learn, pursue personal goals and interests, gain greater independence and make a contribution to their community. Individuals participate in a variety of group activities designed to address their personal goals. Wildwood’s Day Services are provided through three sites (in Albany, Colonie and Clifton Park) as well as through a ‘Without Walls’ program.
Day Services: Site-based Supports
Day Services: Without Walls
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For questions about Wildwood Transportation, contact Les Arras, Transportation Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or 518.608.6102
Pre-vocational Services: Work Readiness Initiative
- An interactive curriculum that is designed to help participants grow the skills needed for any job. The curriculum covers 52 topics that reinforce workplace expectations, development of universal "soft skills", and knowledge needed for specific careers.
- A series of increasingly personalized opportunities, including workplace tours, job try-outs and internships, allowing individuals to experience a variety of vocational settings so they can make more informed choices about their career path(s).
- 5 Days/week: Monday – Friday
- 3 Days/week Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- 3 Days/week Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Wildwood Programs’ Employment Services help people with intellectual disabilities to find and maintain meaningful work, at competitive wages, in their own communities. Since 1984, Wildwood Programs has provided a full array of supported employment services, including community-based assessments, career exploration, benefits planning, resume writing, interview preparation, soft-skills training, application assistance, and supported employment both on-site and off-site as needed.
Employment Services at Wildwood depend on strong partnerships with the businesses community. Wildwood helps employers understand the value of hiring people with disabilities and ensures that businesses realize the full benefit of inclusive employment.
Wildwood is pleased to be a provider of services for New York State Promise, a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with teens who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). The goal of the Promise Project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI to successfully transition from high school to adulthood.
Employment Service may be available to anyone who is of working age and has been diagnosed with a disability. Wildwood receives referrals from ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation) and OPWDD (Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities). For further information about Employment Services, contact Paula Martelle, Director of Employment Services, email@example.com or 518.640.3339
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In April of 2015, Wildwood programs became accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). CQL is recognized as a respected international leader that has redefined what excellence in person-centered services and supports looks like in action. Wildwood has committed our efforts toward those that uphold defining quality and success through the eyes of the person receiving services and supports. We are able to obtain the person’s perspective through the use of CQL's Personal Outcome Measures(R) assessment.
Though the accreditation process, we have ensured that our systems and practices support the ten Basic Assurances.
10 BASIC ASSURANCES® FACTORS
- Rights Protection and Promotion
- Dignity and Respect
- Natural Support Networks
- Protection from Abuse, Neglect, Mistreatment and Exploitation
- Best Possible Health
- Safe Environments
- Staff Resources and Supports
- Positive Services and Supports
- Continuity and Personal Security
- Basic Assurances® System
We have also made a commitment to educating those we support about the benefits of a Personal Outcome Measures interview and offering the opportunity to anyone who requests one. For more information about Personal Outcome Measures, click here.