Prevocational training focuses on the skills necessary to seek, obtain and maintain employment in any setting. Prevocational services at WATCH are provided in conjunction with life skills curricula, community-based assessments, job coaching, internal employment options, and various production activities with our partner contracts. Direct care staff are then trained to implement the programs designed by the Behavior Support Specialist who then constantly monitors the client’s performance and adjusts as the individual’s needs change.
For some individuals, the longer-term vocational options within WATCH may be their desired placement, either because of the intensity of the disabilities or because there is not a job in the local job market that matches their skills. For these individuals, the contracts that are processed within the walls of WATCH become their “work” and the struggle then is to try and integrate non-disabled workers into that environment so that reverse integration can be achieved by bringing the “world” into WATCH instead of the consumer working in the “world”.