Vocational Guidance Center and Broadening Abilities
Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood Vocational Guidance Center and Broadening Abilities are one of three Adult Services Program offered by the County Board. Adult Day Support also known as Adult Day Habilitation is a work alternative for thosechosing to pursue social, leisure and recreational activities that enhance their quality of life. Individuals spend their days involved in activities of interest and personal benefit.
- Individuals participate in active treatment to develop and enhance social, leisure, and community skills, as pursuant to their individualized person-centered plan.
- Individuals achieve their maximum level of function emotionally, adaptively and physically
- Individuals navigate technology and engage in learning activities by using I-pads, computers and smart boards
- Individuals participate in volunteer opportunities to enrich and support the community where we live
- Individuals may be supported with Ancillary Professional Services ( SpeechTherapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, and Nursing Services) as needed.
Jackie Sheridan- VGC Director
January 2019 BA Calendar
The Willoughby branch of the Lake County Board of DD/ Deepwood is a community vocational placement option for adults with developmental disabilities who choose to work. Our goal is to improve work skills as well as further develop work interests, experiences and community involvement.
- There are approximately 190 individuals who receive work services at the Willoughby Branch.
- Individuals either work or work training services in accordance with their person centered plans.
- All individuals are employees of Deepwood Industries and receive payment for work completed.
- In 2015 Willoughby Branch was awarded 50+ employer contracts totaling over $200,000.00 in sales.
- Work exposure and experiences are also provided in the community by Community Integration Professionals and support staff.
- Individuals may also choose to participate in various volunteer experiences such as food banks, libraries and council on aging.
- Individuals may also develop new interests by exploring a variety of groups, clubs and services. Examples include book club, Chinese club, computer literacy group, music therapy, masseuse services, star wars fan club, etc.
Developmentally Disabled Individuals Work – Community Employment Services
Community Employment Services (CES) provides employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in community based settings throughout Lake County. CES serves over 90 individuals in both staff supervised (enclave) as well as company supervised (independent) settings. Our goal is to provide individuals with the skills and abilities necessary to attain community based employment as well as grow in integrated community work settings.
- Enclave settings (13 across Lake County in which Job Coaches provide consistent supervision for individuals at the community-based locations)
- Independent settings (over 25 employers that are the actual employers of the individuals and who receive periodic supervision from a Job Coach)
- Employer Relationships (to provide employers with a quality workforce). We want employers to know that hiring individuals with developmental disabilities is good for their “bottom-line”.
- Individuals receive hands-on/real world training designed to enhance their employability.
- Employment First – nationwide movement intended to employ individuals with developmentally disabled individuals in integrated community settings.
The Imagine Program focuses on supporting adults with Autism in building meaningful lives. At The Imagine Program individuals are learning skills that will prepare them for meaningful employment, as well as the daily living skills needed to lead well-rounded and fulfilling lives.
- The staff of the Imagine Program all have experience and training in working with individuals with Autism, including a Speech and Language Pathologist who is able to focus on increasing communication and social skills for all individuals served.
- All individuals are employees of Deepwood Industries and earn paychecks, while also exploring a variety of additional employment opportunities.
- In addition to employment training opportunities, individuals continue to develop skills in the areas of academics, daily living and domestic skills, and computer and technology training skills.
- All Imagine Program participants continue to receive individualized care and support to assist them in building the skills necessary to enhance their life.
Rachael Urbanek- Manager