Aspire of WNY Employment, Day and Transition Services helps participants in achieving their personal goals for employment or developing career skills.
- Becoming a volunteer in their community
- Developing skills to be more independent that are based on their own needs
- Creating personal relationships
- Developing self-expression skills
- Developing a Career
- Meaningful Community Activities
- School to Adult Life Transition
- Planning Your Transitions
What supports are available for finding a job and developing a career?
Individualized Career Services/Supported Employment
Aspire can assist you with employment opportunities through personalized supports. Our team can help explore and build career options, provide assistance in finding and maintaining a job based on your skills and interests in the workplace. Individual career services can include:
- ACCESS-VR – Services include personalized vocational evaluations, work experience opportunities through internships, technology evaluations, and job coaching.
- OPWDD Supported Employment – Offers personalized job development and coaching.
- Employment Training Program – Through OPWDD funding supports, participants are offered paid internships at local businesses with the ultimate goal of paid employment.
- Consolidated Supports and Services – Through OPWDD Front Door and CSS programs, participants can contract personalized employment support services.
What types of meaningful activities are available during the day?
Group Day Habilitation
Aspire offers personalized day habilitation services in support of your goals toward pursuing educational, recreational, and employment activities.
Operates out of a site-based setting and offers personalized opportunities for developing community skills and relationship building.
- Focuses on community skill building and improved quality of life opportunities.
- Develops job readiness skills through an exploration of volunteering activities.
- Provides opportunities for technology/computer skills training.
- Offers opportunities to participate in the iXpress Art Program
Includes person-centered skill development using life experiences and learning to prepare one for activity or work in the community.
- Supported Volunteering and Lifestyle Enrichment(SVLE) – Community Day Hab without walls, offering volunteer opportunities and personalized skills development.
- The Co-Op – Based out of the Tri Main building in Buffalo, this program features community-based activities designed by the attendees, focusing on Art, Health and Wellness.
- Technology Today – Provides opportunities for learning new information technologies and personalized adaptations.
- iXpress – An expressive arts program that focuses on personalized artistic growth and exploration through a variety of mixed media.
What supports can you offer to us and the district for planning school to adult life transition for my teen-aged loved one?
School to Adult Life Transitions
Aspire utilizes a team-based approach to planning for a student’s transition. The transition plan is incorporated into the student’s Individual Education Plan(IEP) and can include employment, continuing education or supported day services. Adult living opportunities are explored, as well as appropriate leisure activities and transportation plans. Aspire transition plans are designed to adhere to NYS graduation guidelines and can include:
- Vocational Profiles – An Aspire evaluator performs an in-depth profile of the individual’s skills, interests, learning abilities, and opportunities for success in the community. This person-centered approach is designed to empower the supported individual to achieve their highest potential for activities and employment.
- World of Work (W.O.W.)™ – This program introduces high school students to the job world through real life employment situations throughout the school year. The experiences come through internships and volunteer opportunities and introduce employer expectations, appropriate work etiquette, dressing for employment, and other pre-employment skills.
- Educational Coaching/College Support Plans – Support plans are designed to prepare the student for a seamless transition from high school into college life.
- Project SEARCH – A nationally accredited, collaborative, business-led effort offering high school students in their last year of school with the opportunity to attend classes and internships at a local business, with a goal toward employment upon graduation.
How can Aspire help me or my loved one learn the vocational skills needed to be successful in finding a job?
ADAPT – Adult Development and Professional Training
Aspire’s pre-vocational services includes an individualized learning plan to develop the skills needed to be successful in a chosen field of employment.
Highlights of the ADAPT program include:
- A person-centered vocational profile and plan, collaboratively developed and updated every six months.
- Personalized options for the development of work skills.
- Technology and computer-based learning opportunities
- Job exploration via internships, community activities, and volunteer opportunities.
- Participation in small group/classroom learning settings.
- Up to three years of enrollment eligibility.
M.O.V.E. – Making Opportunities via Vocational Experience
This pathway to employment combines a part-time classroom environment with internships or community opportunities to facilitate the learning and practice of desired work skills.
- Internships are developed around the individual’s desired goals.
- Aspire Employment Specialist provides hands-on assistance in work or community settings.
- Program is set up to emulate real world work environment.
- Up to one year of enrollment eligibility