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Pre-Employment Transition Services

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Providing opportunities for students with disabilities.

Individualized program plans are designed and tailored to meeting the transition service needs of students with disabilities, ages 14-21. In partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), The Arc of Dauphin County collaborates with school districts, community partners, and local businesses who support an inclusive workplace by providing opportunities for students with disabilities.

Any student or parent wishing to receive these services must go through OVR first. Then that is sent to our coordinators here at The Arc of Dauphin County to begin program services.

We use a person-centered training approach to help each student discover things they are passionate about then translate that over into a potential career. Knowing that some accommodations may need to be made, we try to do as much training for the job before going into the workplace, so the day of work is as smooth as possible.

Customized and supportive employment tools are developed as needed for each student. Knowing that everyone has different goals in life as well as different experiences we explore the idea of what is enjoyable for you to do, and maybe that is a job that exists!

Businesses or individuals that wish to work with our program please reach out to info@arcofdc.org. We are always in need of businesses that have jobs at the ready, as well as individuals who will help with mock interviews to prepare students for an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference between a client and a consumer?

At the Arc of Dauphin County, we prefer to call those who require our services, consumers. No one wants to be referred to as a case. We believe this is a small sign of respect for our loved ones with mental and physical disabilities. The idea is that one’s ability is stronger than their disability.

I need help with a resource, but I am unsure where to start or if it even exists?

The staff in each program is here to help navigate in finding what is the best option available. While our focus is on the Dauphin County and surrounding community, we will do our best to either answer any questions you may have or find out an answer for you.

What is an advocate?

An advocate has many different meanings, think of our advocates as conversation starters. They specialize in bringing everyone to the table in times of need to make sure all the providers or partners in the consumers wellbeing are on the same page now and moving forward.

What is person centered advocacy?

The idea that what is best for the consumer is always what is put first. A level of transparency is always needed, but our advocates work for the consumer not the system of care. While it is a free service that connects the dots to available benefits and promotes communication between all parties involved. Our experienced and loving advocates will help with long term services and supports that are available to fit the needs and preferences for the consumer.

Do I need to pay for the services the Arc of Dauphin County offers?

No, many of the services provided to consumers are free of charge.

How is the Arc funded?

Majority of the funding comes from grants and donations from the community. This allows the continuation of free services to those who need them most.

Do you accept donations?

YES! Wish lists and needs for programs are posted on our website and social media. Many of our classes require donations of goods to be able to offer a wide variety of class options. Monetary support options are available as well at the top of the page or on social media.