CMA helps men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities live full, rich lives in their communities by providing residential, vocational and case management services.
CMA’s Working Together Program
Working Together is a blend of prevocational training, vocational training and supported employment programs. It helps participants learn and develop work readiness skills.
Prevocational Training: Work readiness skills include: appropriately greeting others at work, following instructions, asking for help, accepting corrections courteously and cooperatively, workplace appropriate grooming and hygiene.
Vocational Assessment: Program participants engage in activities to determine their interests and capabilities — do they like to work indoors or outdoors, in easy-going and quiet places or busy and noisy ones, alone or with others? Do they have any specific interests or hobbies? Are they good at following instructions with several steps, identifying letters of the alphabet or filing? Are they detail-oriented?
Job Development: Program assistants reviewing newspapers and web sites and networking with others about available jobs. Staff assists participants with filling out job applications, preparing a resume and practicing interview skills.
Vocational Training: Working Together staff help participants even after the job starts. Staff will teach participants the responsibilities of their new job and provide on-site job training along with the employer.
Supported Employment Working Together staff will continue to be available to solve any problems that come up, including relationships with co-workers, and helping participants learn new assignments.
Community Mainstreaming Enterprises, Inc., an affiliated organization created by CMA, operates The Sweet Comfort Bakery & Café. Sweet Comfort is a non-profit community business dedicated to providing jobs to people with developmental disabilities.
Want to learn more about hiring someone with a developmental disability? CMA is always looking for employment opportunities for the men and women who participate in our Working Together program. If you are interested or would like to learn more about offering employment to one or more of our participants, we encourage you to call us. We would be happy to help potential employers identify appropriate opportunities for our program participants. Once a participant is hired, we provide on-going support to both the employer and employee. Please contact Working Together to learn more.
Vocational Services Contact
516-683-0710 x 233