Career Connections and Career Opportunities

The program trains people with disabilities on pre-employment skills and guides them to identify a career/vocational direction. Individuals focus on work readiness by learning a variety of skills including how to interview and write a resume. Staff members support people through observation while participating in community employment to provide individualized guidance in real time. The goal of this limited-time service is to assist people with integrated community career exploration and to identify a care goal in up to 287 hours or 365 days; whichever comes first.
Available:
Jefferson County
St. Lawrence County

THE ARC JEFFERSON – ST. LAWRENCE DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE OPTIONS FOR SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) continues to develop innovative employment and service options for people with developmental disabilities, even amidst the continued challenges of a global pandemic. A few of the highlights from 2021 include: The completion of a successful capital campaign at the main services building in Jefferson County, the purchase of the facility located on Bradley Street in Watertown, and the creation of the Bridges program for young people.

Bridges

The mission of Bridges is to provide services and supports to children and youth with developmental disabilities, starting at age three through the various stages of youth until transitioning into adulthood. Bridges provides site-based and community-based services that target skill development and allow age appropriate advancement based on each person’s needs and individual goals.
Available:
Jefferson County
St. Lawrence County

Self-Direction Services

Self-Direction assists people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families to choose and manage their own budgets and services.  Self-Direction not only offers people supported greater choice and control over the supports they receive, but it also expands their options beyond traditional programs to include services such as community classes or training, gym memberships, camps, and reimbursements for software, internet, or cell phones.
Available:
Jefferson County
St. Lawrence County

Fiscal Intermediary

The Fiscal Intermediary provides a multitude of supports, including providing a complaint hiring process with requisite background checks, required training to staff, payroll and benefits (when applicable) and reimbursements based upon the individualized plan/budget. The Fiscal Intermediary is also responsible to collect and review all required paperwork and documentation to ensure compliance with Medicaid/OPWDD payments.
Available:
Jefferson County
St. Lawrence County