Vocational Programs at Melmark New England and Pennsylvania work with the overall mission of assisting each individual served in identifying job opportunities that allow them to grow and enjoy their work and become as independent as possible within their local communities. The programs include job training, supported and customized employment, and community-based instruction.
Melmark New England
Community-based Day Service (CBDS) Program
Located in the Merrimack Valley, the community-based day service (CBDS) program provides day services for adults with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injury. Emphasis on community integration, pre-employment training, volunteer opportunities, wellness, daily-living coaching, as well as social and communication skills development.
Community inclusion is a key goal of the program. Enrichment activities include:
- Job exploration and job training opportunities
- Volunteer opportunities in the local community
- Service projects
- Community outings to local shopping, recreational and cultural centers
- Paid employment
- Arts and crafts
- Physical/health activities
The Cancro Center for Adult Services
Melmark New England provides an exceptional quality of care utilizing highly trained staff and Applied Behavior Analysis as the clinical model. Our adults continue to learn and demonstrate a variety of skills to meet the demands of an ever-changing workforce.
Their skills include, but are not limited to: performing maintenance activities to manage office settings and related areas, office support in medical and dental practices, food service support at local restaurants, cashier duties in the Melmark Café, and supporting warehouse distribution centers. Our individuals are currently engaged in part-time paid jobs or volunteer services at a variety of local community businesses.
The Chris Maurer Adult Day Community Program
The Chris Maurer Adult Day Community Program serves adults 21 years of age and older. The overall goal of the Adult Day Community Program is to assist each individual in identifying job opportunities that allow them to grow and enjoy their work and become as independent as possible within their local communities. The program includes job training, supported and customized employment, and community-based instruction. Program components include:
- Employment training (job sampling and shadowing)
- Community-based work assessment
- Service-learning projects
- Volunteer opportunities
- Life-skills training (safety, travel, personal finances, self-care)
- Decision making
After assessing skills and interest, adults are provided with a variety of work and instructional experiences ranging from on-campus training programs, to
community-based instruction, to paid employment opportunities in the
community. Job training and employment opportunities are based on the
individual’s skills and interests, and the types of jobs that can be supported are
Melmark works with a number of community-based employers and organizations
and looks forward to expanding its present partnerships in the community. For more information about our Adult Program, or if you are interested in employing a Melmark adult, please contact:
Senior Director of Adult Services