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Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program

Employment presents adults with developmental disabilities with an array of benefits, from the satisfaction of making an invaluable contribution to their community, to greater personal and financial independence, to social opportunities, and even improved self-confidence.  Whatever an individual’s personal goals may be, Selections is committed to helping bring them to fruition.

 

We help individuals with diverse needs and equally diverse skills, interests, and abilities find meaningful careers in the greater Edmonton area. We accept a wide variety of enthusiastic, committed adults (minimum of 18 years of age) who are eligible for funding through the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program on an ongoing basis.

 

Program Services include:

Job Club:

  • Resume writing

  • Interview practice

  • Learning about employee rights, responsibilities and safety

  • Learning about healthy relationships

  • Skill and Interest Assessments

  • Read more about Job Club

 

Job Search:

  • Online job search and in-person

  • Support through online applications and interviews

  • Career explorations

  • Read more about Job Search

 

​Placement Support:

  • Bus training (1-2 sessions per site)

  • HR paperwork, online training, professional development

  • Support in learning and adapting to new tasks

  • Help individuals to create individual safety plans tailored to their work

  • Fade-out to foster full independence in individuals role

  • Fade-in when issues arise or liaising is needed

  • Read more about Placement Support

Post Graduation Support:

Many participants achieve such a degree of independence – and develop such robust natural supports – that they formally graduate from the program to be independently employed. To date, Selections has supported countless individuals to realize this goal. While this is an outcome we strive towards, Selections appreciates that ‘independence’ occurs on a spectrum. Recognizing that every individual is striving towards their own degree of independence, CDCs remain available to support program participants as long as required.

Getting Started

 

To start the process, reach out to your Disability Services worker to submit an application to our program. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and accommodations may be available

 

Applicants will participate in an in-person intake and interview session, to explore their goals, motivations, and skills, and to help identify how they may be best supported. 

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Funded through Disability Services

  • Have their own travel arrangements for ongoing placements

  • Be able to self-administer medications required during shifts.

Selections is committed to helping individuals overcome these and other barriers to employment.

"They helped me get volunteer work at Shepherd’s Care Home and I met the hairdresser. She allows me to help with sweeping hair off the floor, taking curlers out of hair; remove wheelchairs and sometimes walkers and put on the side while they get hair done. I help older people down by elevator to hair salon.

 

I feel good about Sheena and Haley at Selections. The encouraged me to be better with the community, they taught me how to take the bus and sometimes I walk. I found this very helpful. I know more about my surroundings. It gives me a chance to meet people and help others.

 

Thank you for the opportunity; I appreciate Sheena, Haley and all who helped me at Selections. They are awesome."

 

Nida Shaikh (Participant)

"Our daughter has been a volunteer with Selections for almost two years and from our very first telephone conversation with the ever cheerful Wanda, all the staff have been welcoming, kind and caring. Sheena and Erin have provided an incredible amount of support and their patience has been unwavering as they explored various placements and worked side-by-side with our daughter until she felt comfortable in her new role. The open communication keeping us abreast of both concerns and successes has been much appreciated.  Not only has our daughter learnt new employment and life skills, her self confidence has grown and her future and career prospects are brighter. We would like to thank all Selections’ staff members for their hard work and making the experience so positive."

 

--Rob and Carrie Thompson

 

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