Career Development Services
Career Development Services (CDS) is a non-profit organization and is an agency of Trail Association for Community Living. CDS provides the tools necessary for persons with disabilities and persons with multiple barriers to employment to gain mainstream employment.
Mission Statement of CDS
The mission of Career Development Services is two fold:
To provide meaningful work opportunities to people with disabilities to employment enabling them to reach their full potential in a least restrictive environment that maximizes their independence.
To advocate for changed perceptions and inclusion of people with disabilities in the community so that the community sees their ability rather than their disabilities.
Employment Assistance Services Provided by CDS
- Client case management
- Specialized supported employment counseling
- Marketing services
- Administrative support
- Job Board
- Computer and internet service
- Telephone and fax
- Group workshops
- Peer support
Model of Support
1. Intake and Screening
Intake and screening is:
- Continuous, accessible and efficient.
- Referrals received by self, family members, and/or support workers.
This process involves:
- Interviewing participants, families and support staff.
- Completing application forms.
- Providing information about the employment assistance services and other employment resources.
- Where appropriate, referrals will be made to existing community resources; e.g., specialized computer training, improving communication skills and specialized services.
3. Vocational Assessment & Profile
A detailed profile is developed for each person by interviewing and compiling the following information:
- Personal identification
- Strengths and abilities
- Residential history
- Educational history
- Present level of community and employment involvement
- Work experience
- Work preferences
- Accommodations that may be required in the work place
4. Career Planning & Preparation
Participants are assisted in:
- Resume preparation / writing
- Time management
- Job search
- Interview skills
- Personal skill development
- Life skills where appropriate (eg. budgeting, housing etc.)
- Exploration and preparation for a career by utilizing job shadowing opportunities, work experience placements or by obtaining additional vocational training.
5. Job Development
Job Development activities include:
- Promoting the positive employment attributes of participants with employers, co-workers and the community at large.
- Individualized job search assistance in securing employment opportunities that match the participants’ interests and abilities to the requirements of the job.
- Negotiating of the terms and conditions of each job offer.
- Completion of a detailed job analysis of the position and develop a support plan; the level of support will be adapted to the ability and need of each individual.
6. Participant Placement
CDS staff provides the participants with the level of workplace support necessary to ensure success in the placement by:
- Utilizing a variety of systematic instruction and job training techniques.
- Drawing on natural supports in the work site.
- Providing disability awareness sessions to co-workers and employers to promote integration into the workplace.
7. Marketing & Recruiting
CDS continues to build on a well-established network with both employers and service organizations by:
- Continually canvassing local employers through information interviews that assess the employer-staffing needs.
- Building on our existing base of employer contacts.
- Promotion of program through local service groups, organizations and agencies.
- On-going connection and presentations to Selkirk College.
- On-going staff development opportunities.
8. Follow-up Support
As needed staff will initiate regular follow-up visits and telephone calls to employers and participants to ensure the placements are progressing well. We provide this assistance through:
- Providing ongoing access to the resources, services and staff - client files remain open on an on-going basis to provide support to the individuals who tend to cycle in and out of wellness to accommodate their changing support needs.
- Tracking of the client through case management and supported through follow-up.
- Individual counseling sessions will be provided as requested by client or as recommended by the case manager.