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Community Access

Participants in Community Access get involved in activities and do work preparation training close to where they live, getting to know their own community. Activities take place in small groups designed to help develop life skills, improve social interaction, and encourage independence. Daily activities focus on accessing everyday community resources such as employment, recreation, education, and local business opportunities—including paid and volunteer work to develop employment readiness skills. The program helps people with special needs develop and maintain friendships and social connections, and enrich their community interactions.


Our Employment Preparation track prepares trainees for future employment through participating in community volunteer opportunities. We develop on-the-job work skills such as traveling using public transportation and many other skills necessary to manage long-term employment.

Social Connections

Social Connections provides guided participation in community-based activities through social, recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants learn to use the resources in their own neighborhoods, while interacting with the public, strengthening personal skills, promoting healthy living, and enhancing their day-to-day experience.


Students with special needs who are interested in attending college are guided through the application and enrollment process, mentored on placement exams, connected with disability services and accommodation needs, and integrated in college events to improve the overall college experience.