The Step Up Program is a pre-employment program that focuses on individualized programming for persons with developmental disabilities(PDD).¬† We are proud of our graduates as all of them have found employment!
The Step Up graduation was well attended by family, friends, and other Step Up program participants.¬† We were also pleased to welcome special guest Ron deChamplain, a Consultant in the PDD Edmonton Region, who shared his congratulations to the graduates for their great achievements.¬† We also heard messages from Iris Saunders, Director of EmployAbilities; Brenda Behr and Wendy Bourque, Step Up Employment Coaches; and from graduates David and Eric who shared their experiences and thanked EmployAbilities staff for their support and encouragement.
Participants left with the theme “Don’t Stop Believing”.¬† The song itself was performed by Step Up graduate Eric to bring the event to a close.¬† Please enjoy the photo gallery below.¬† You can see the full photo by clicking on it.
The STEP UP Program is a flexible, unique pre-employment program that focuses on individualized programming for PDD individuals, to assist them with their job-search, volunteer, and educational endeavors.
The program offers regular one-on-one support, as well as workshops on issues that pose as potential barriers to individuals (including self-esteem, employer expectations, anger management, social skills, disability disclosure, and computer basics).
Other activities provided to individuals include:
-¬† Resume Development
-¬† Cover Letter Creation
-¬† Job Interview Preparation
-¬† Mock Interviews
-¬† Job Search (on-line, newspapers, job board)
-¬† Application Assistance (for employment)
-¬† Resume Faxing
-¬† Computer Access (Ultra Keys Typing Tutor, Success Maker, Internet)
-¬† Employer and Community Agency Contacting/Liaising
-¬† Outreach and Referrals to various community organizations (as required)
-¬† Effective and Realistic Goal Planning
The Step Up Program is tailored to suit each individual‚Äôs needs, to facilitate successful outcomes in achieving specific objectives.¬† Individuals in the program are also encouraged to dedicate some of their time to enhancing their work skills.¬† This is augmented through the various interactive workshops that are offered weekly.
Intake is ongoing, as spaces become available.¬† Please Contact Us for more information.