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By Stacy Russell

 Also known by other names, sheltered workshops are typically viewed as providing job training, but many disability and employment advocates argue there’s little opportunity for people to move into competitive employment since the skills they’re taught frequently have little application elsewhere. One thing is for certain: Moving from long-term segregated services into offering short-term integrated services is not easy, but it’s worth the effort.

I took over supervision of a small Group Day Habilitation (GDH) program in December 2011 that was mostly comprised of individuals working on various arts and crafts projects in a site-based environment. With 12 years of intense focus in supported, community employment, the team and I immediately set out to make this service more relevant and meaningful to program participants.   …

The complete article will appear in the February 2013 issue of Job Training & Placement Report.  To subscribe or learn more, check out the “Job Training Professionals” tab at www.impact-publications.com.

Stacy Russell is the employment services director at LDA Life and Learning Services      www.ldarochester.org

LDA is a non-profit agency helping individuals with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other developmental disabilities seek personal success in school, work, relationships, and independent living.