Goodwill offers education, training, and employment to persons with disabilities. From competitive supports employment to short term, work ready programs, each of our programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals at various stages of life and with diverse occupational goals. Facility and community based training services occur Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 2:00pm. Community Integrated Employment supports occur as necessary contingent upon the needs of the person served.
From competitive supported employment to short-term, work ready programs, each of our programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals at various stages of life and with diverse occupational goals.
Job Training Programs allow individuals to engage in work experience programs on a short-term basis. These vocational and career training programs allow clients to identify strengths, learn new skills, and prepare for the workforce.
Job-seekers with a documented disability are eligible. Individuals are referred through state agencies including Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Division of Services for the Blind, and DHS Division of Developmental Disability Services.
Program components include:
- Soft Skills/Character Building
- Identifying Interests, Skills and Learning Styles
- Mechanics of Social Interaction
- Understanding Work Culture
- Conflict Resolution
- Adapting Alternate Choices for Behaviors
- Self-Advocacy & Accessing Community Resources
- Self and Time Management Skills
- Job Search Activities
- Interview Preparation
- Work Based Learning Experiences
- Financial Literacy
P.R.E.P. (PRE-READINESS EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM)
Senior High School students are able to participate in school/community based services related to Pre-Employment Transition Services. This consists of job exploration/assessment, work readiness skill development, counseling on post-secondary training opportunities, instruction in self-advocacy, and work-based learning experience.
Staff will collaborate with participants to assess current situation, create an individualized employment plan, establish case management, and support services. This is a time limited, intensive training program, which assist individuals in developing or reestablishing skills, attitudes, interpersonal skills, work behaviors and functional capacities that will help them move toward, or achieve, employment.
HORIZONS (specifically for persons with Autism)
Vocational training and job placement program will allow individuals with Autism the opportunity to identify their strengths, learn new skills, and prepare to find a productive niche in the workforce and in their communities.
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DREAMS (Deaf Readiness to Employment and Achieving Maximum Success)
Is designed to meet the various needs of individuals with diverse occupational goals. DREAMS services are provided in American Sign Language with a strong emphasize on Deaf Culture. Individuals have defined vocational goals and work with staff to monitor progress toward goals through the creation of individualized employment plans. Goodwill develops individual skills using research-based curricula, assessment tools, project management opportunities, and workplace activities.
This is paid work in a community-integrated work setting. It provides on-going support services for persons with significant disabilities and for whom competitive employment has not traditionally been successful.
DIRECT PLACEMENT SERVICES
Placement directly into competitive employment for qualified clients that require minimal level of support.