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Mays Mission for the Handicapped, Inc., located in Herber Springs, Arkansas, offers on the job training to people with disabilities. The Mission operates a large 4-color web press, designs packages in its prepress and graphic arts department, cuts, folds and stitches paper and books in the bindery department and inserts all this into envelopes in the lettershop department. There are also data entry and pen assembly departments. Each department offers employment opportunities to people with disabilities. For more information about their programs and services, call (501) 362-7526 or e-mail email@example.com.
Lincoln Training Center offers a Supported Employment program in which people with development disabilities are placed in integrated work settings. Competitive work opportunities can be found
in groundskeeping, custodial services, food services and retail assistance. They also offer several work adjustment programs in which individuals can enhance their skills and employability. For more information, call (800) 949-4582 or
OPARC serves Southern California residents by offering the Diversified Industries Program, which provides an opportunity for employees to develop work skills while employed in an industrial setting. Available positions include sub-assembly and packaging. For more information call (909) 985-3116 ext. 10.
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Inc. (KSI) located in Milford, Delaware, offers rehabilitative and employment programs for individuals with disabilities. Such programs include a Facility-based Work Service Program, Community-based Work Service Program, the
Follow-Along Program as well as a Community Inclusion Program. KSI also offers full employment evaluation and training before placement is made. For the details of each program, visit their website or call (302) 422-4014.
Seagull Industries for the Disabled, Inc. is a private, non-profit social services agency serving individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities in Palm Beach County, Florida. They assist people with disabilities gain valuable employment skills and experience by providing temporary labor, piecemeal work and assembly, landscape maintenance, bulk mailing and other similar light labor services. For more information, call (561) 842-5814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminole Work Opportunity Program (SWOP) is a private non-profit organization providing sheltered vocational, educational and community based employment training to adults with developmental disabilities in Seminole and Orange Counties since 1980. SWOP creates employment opportunities by partnering with local businesses in need of contract work. For more information, call (407) 699-4419.
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Abilities Services, Inc., serving Montgomery and Clinton Counties in Indiana, provides training opportunities in work centers, as well as gainful employment options to people with disabilities. On-site work includes assembly, sub-assembly, packaging, and more. For more information, call (800) 362-4021 or e-mail email@example.com.
ProWorks, located in Litchfield, Minnesota, is a private, non-profit corporation providing adult day training and habilitation services to persons with developmental disabilities and related conditions. On-site work has included assembly and product packaging, collating, bulk mailing coordination, paper shredding and more. For more information, call (320) 593-6257 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TAC Enterprises, a non-profit corporation located in Springfield, Ohio, offers individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to "develop marketable skills by completing contract work in partnership with other industries." Work and self-help skills, social adjustment, and a variety of daily living experiences are offered to the workers by their specialized staff. For more information, visit their website, call (937) 525-7400 or e-mail email@example.com.
DakotAbilities is a non-profit organization serving Sioux Falls, South Dakota residents with disabilities. In addition to vocational services they also offer on-site work opportunities to people with disabilities, including a variety of tasks, from the packaging of golf tees to the testing of keyboards. For more information, call (605) 334-4220.
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Friendship Industries, Inc. works to enhance the employment skills of people with disabilities through a series of hands-on training programs. The first program, offered to
new clients is the Work Adjustment Training (WAT) Program, in which clients learn appropriate work behavior and skills in a supported environment. If a client requires additional support, they then move into the Extended Sheltered Employment Program. As clients develop necessary skills they will then be placed by Friendship Industries with outside employers. For more information, call (540) 434-9586.
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