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“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.

Employment Services

Employment ServicesOur Supported Employment Program assists persons with severe or significant disabilities in obtaining and maintaining community integrated competitive employment. A broad range of supports are offered based on the needs identified in a client’s Employment Plan. Supported employment encourages people to work within their communities. The mission of the HCRS Supported Employment Program is to promote work, social interaction, and integration.

Some of the specific services offered by our program are work assessment, on the job training, follow up training, job coaching, and job carving. Our Employment Specialists work with area businesses and the individual to secure positions in the community that are a good fit for both the person and the business.

In order to qualify for our Supported Employment programs at HCRS, a person needs to meet the criteria for Developmental Services (see Intake and Referral). A person may receive Supported Employment services through their waiver or through a grant from Vocational Rehabilitation.

HCRS DS Employment Contacts:

Brattleboro/Bellows Falls area (802) 254-6028
Springfield area (802) 886-4500
Hartford area (802) 295-3031