Fort Wayne, Ind. — Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana to help enhance employability and soft skills for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Easterseals Arc will provide assessment, training, internships, education, placement and support to individuals throughout northeast Indiana. Participants will be placed in meaningful jobs and training opportunities that match their skills and interests.
Easterseals Arc offers a wide range of employment services for participating adults, including the Transitions day program and Employment Readiness Academies. Transitions focuses on individual goals for independence by incorporating work-based learning and exploration of community employment in daily activities. Employment Readiness Academies provide hands-on job training at partnering employers.
Easterseals Arc also serves student participants at several area schools through Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Pre-ETS includes job exploration, work-based learning, workplace readiness, self-advocacy, and education counseling.
Easterseals Arc is an approved provider for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Social Security’s Ticket to Work program.