RICHMOND, Va. (June 9, 2014)-- "What's next?''
For students graduating from high school, it's a typical question. For students with developmental disabilities, it can be a tough one.
To help them prepare, the Greater Richmond ARC is launching “Work Readiness” on June 16. This program provides high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the Greater Richmond ARC’s After School program with practical knowledge and hands-on experience in learning how to successfully transition from school to what lies ahead.
"Students of all abilities can develop and hone their vocational skills through Work Readiness,” explained Quintin Mitchell, ARC's vice president of developmental services. Offering a wide variety of choices in skill development, vocational outings, and instructional time, Work Readiness is "based on choices," he added. " Not everyone is seeking the same work experience, but most desire a degree of independence."
"And everyone wants their loved ones to have the best future possible."
The launch of Work Readiness at ARC is key in light of recent U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that the unemployment rate among persons ages 16 and over with a disability declined only slightly-- from 12.9 to 12.5 percent --from April 2013 to April 2014.
Through ARC, Work Readiness helps participants understand the nature of employment and observe firsthand tasks such as housekeeping, cooking, automotive repair and healthcare, in outings to restaurants, auto body shops, and hospitals.
There will be an assessment geared specifically to each student's level of ability and the needs of actual employers when the trainings courses have been completed.
For more information about the Greater Richmond ARC and its programs for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, call (804) 358-1874 or visit www. richmondarc.org.