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Get to know our Vocational and Day Habilitation Programs

Overview

Devereux New Jersey’s vocational programs provide a continuum of services for more than 300 adults, ages 21 through lifespan, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. These programs, which range from day habilitation, pre-vocational, vocational and supported employment, focus on each individual’s unique strengths and provide the opportunity to learn leisure and recreation, daily living and hands-on job skills. These programs are conveniently located throughout the state. Transportation is provided to and from day and vocational programs within a 10-mile radius. Virtual day programs also are available for all eligible individuals.

Day Habilitation Programs

 

Devereux New Jersey’s vocational programs, which range from day habilitation, pre-vocational, vocational and supported employment, focus on each individual’s unique strengths and provide the opportunity to learn leisure and recreation, daily living and hands-on job skills.

Our person-centered day habilitation program helps individuals gain the skills needed to become active and productive members of their communities. Participants work on customized and targeted goals to acquire skills related to: adaptive living, communication, arts and crafts, and pre-vocational and job training. In addition, this program helps individuals reduce challenging behaviors that may limit independence. Individuals have the opportunity to enjoy activities, such as cooking, health and fitness, arts and crafts, self-advocacy, and job and social skill-building with their peers and staff. Community-based learning experiences can include: shopping; sports and recreational activities; social events; community events and picnics; and visits to libraries and parks.

NEW! Virtual Day Program

To meet the needs of the individuals we serve and their families during COVID-19, and in accordance with New Jersey health and safety guidelines, we now offer a virtual day program. These services mirror a typical in-person day program curriculum, and include academic and therapeutic activities such as:

  • Self-advocacy groups
  • Social skill-building
  • Job exploration
  • Interactive games
  • Music therapy
  • Guided exercise

These and other virtual day program activities are delivered via Zoom teleconference, with highly trained staff leading participants through each lesson remotely. Eligible individuals can reside with us at Devereux New Jersey, reside with another provider in the state, or live at home with family.

Pre-Vocational Programs

Pre-vocational services help individuals develop specific skills they can use to secure competitive, meaningful employment in the community. Adults acquire skills related to: following instructions; task completion; problem-solving and critical thinking; and safety precautions on the job. Services are delivered in a face-to-face setting either one-on-one or in a small group and can be delivered in program or in the community or on a job site. Individuals gain valuable and marketable skills, and have access to community volunteer placements to practice those skills before entering the workforce and becoming valuable contributing members of their local community.

Vocational Programs and Supported Employment

For individuals who want to enter the workforce, we provide services and training that result in paid employment in the community. Employment opportunities enable community inclusion, and each individual receives targeted, customized job placement and job coaching tailored to his or her unique needs, interests and abilities. Examples of supported employment services include: career planning and resume development; negotiation with prospective employers; job placement and development and job site analysis and support; ongoing job coaching and systematic instruction; and travel training to get to work and home.

Clinical Support

All individuals enrolled in a Devereux day or vocational program have access to ongoing clinical supports from our best-in-class clinical team, including highly-trained and experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Our team of BCBAs individualize behavior plans to help each adult achieve his or her career goals. In addition to our clinical expertise in our day program, every staff member is required to complete the Department of Developmental Disabilities’ DDD Overview Training, Medication and Administration Training, as well as our Preventing Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Training. Devereux employees also participate in year-round ongoing education with our innovative learning team to stay updated on the latest care and treatment models. Every team member is CPR, first-aid and Safe and Positive Approaches (SP&A) trained as well.

More about Devereux New Jersey

Devereux New Jersey positively impacts the lives of nearly 500 individuals and their families every year. We provide a continuum of care for children, adolescents and adults, ages 5 through lifespan, with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, including autism spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Our broad spectrum of I/DD treatment settings includes community-based homes and apartments; vocational training; intensive in-home supports; and consultative and family-based services focusing on positive and strength-based approaches. All programs provide a treatment milieu designed to increase independent living skills, community inclusion and ensure the highest possible quality of life.

Getting started

We are here to help. Our highly-trained admissions staff will be with you every step of the way, from the initial phone call to enrollment. To learn more about our admissions process, or to view a list of current day and vocational program openings, contact:

Devereux New Jersey Admissions
NJIDDAdmissions@devereux.org