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1.  Adult Integration Program and Work Readiness Program

At The Living Link we are continuously looking to grow and enhance the business of helping people with intellectual disabilities. 

Many of our potential students are from disadvantaged backgrounds with single, unemployed or no parents at all.  Many are referred by NGO’s who are also unable to pay fees.  This means that a lot of people living with intellectual disabilities are unable to access basic opportunities for a better quality of life.

The Living Link provides life skills to adults with intellectual disabilities with the view of placing them into open labour market employment in line with Employment Equity requirements and assisting them to eventually live independently within the community.  Traditionally they have been placed into sheltered residential facilities excluding them from opportunities within the greater social community and creating a financial drain on the economy.  With funding for this project we will be in a position to offer our program to previously disadvantaged youngsters with intellectual disabilities, who would normally not be able to afford such a program.

The Adult Integration Program and Work Readiness program form a critical part of The Living Link’s services and are full time courses that consists of several components:

The project:

The Adult Integration Program which is outlined as follows:


1.  To provide Life skills training over 5 months covering the following subjects

  • Employment Orientation (work place related training)
  • Lifestyle Management (Independent living skills)
  • Community Survival (Human rights & safety skills)
  • Personal Empowerment (Vital socials skills for integration)

2.    To provide Job Sampling experiences at 4 workplaces over 6 months

  • The opportunity for students to experience real working environments and sample different types of jobs to gain practical work experience

3.    To provide an independent living experience for students over a week where all skills learnt are put into practice in a supportive environment away from home.

4.    To formally and informally assess each students potential strengths and capabilities in terms of employment opportunities in order to successfully match them to job openings and understand their respective support needs.

5.    To assist each graduate to find suitable work in the open labour market and provide the necessary intervention and support for these placements.

Aims & Objectives of the project:

  • To put these adults through the Adult Integration Program as defined above.
  • Assist these adults in acquiring the necessary skills to work and live in the community.
  • To place these adults into open labour market employment

The Work Readiness Program which is outlined as follows:

To provide Life skills training over 3 months covering the following subjects

  • Employment Orientation (work place related training)
  • Lifestyle Management (Independent living skills)
  • Financial Management Skills
  • Personal Empowerment (Vital socials skills for integration)

1.   To provide Job Sampling experiences at 4 workplaces over 5 months

  • The opportunity for students to experience real working environments and sample different types of jobs to gain practical work experience

2.    To formally and informally assess each students potential strengths and capabilities in terms of employment opportunities in order to successfully match them to job openings and understand their respective support needs.

3.    To assist each graduate to find suitable work in the open labour market and provide the necessary intervention and support for these placements.


Aims & Objectives of the project:

  • To put these adults through the Adult Integration Program as defined above.
  • Assist these adults in acquiring the necessary skills to work and live in the community.
  • To place these adults into open labour market employment
  • Life Skills training over 3 Months


 

Action Plan

  • 12 previously disadvantaged adults (between the ages of 18 and 30) will be screened to determine their suitability for the program in terms of their diagnosis and level of functioning. These adults will be required to complete the 1 year program as defined above.
  • The Living Link accepts two groups of 12 students onto the program each year. One group commences in January and finishes in November. The other group commences in June and finishes in May the following year. Students will be assessed in the middle and end of the first semester (life skills training) and at the middle and end of the second semester (job sampling). These assessments and reports are prepared by the student’s trainers and job coaches.
  • Once students have successfully graduated from the program The Living Link assists to place these individuals into open labour market employment in line with their individual strengths, capabilities and interests.

Potential Impact / Sustainability:

  • After the successful completion of the Work Readiness and Adult Integration Program, these adults will be better equipped to obtain and maintain open labour market employment in line with the Employment Equity Act.
  • They will have a greater chance and opportunity of contributing to our society and adding value to our community.
  • They will be less of a drain on society both economically and socially.
  • We will be promoting the objectives of the government which encourage inclusion and less unnecessary dependence on state funding

Partners and people involved:

  • This project is run entirely by The Living Link and no other organisations are involved except where schools and institutions have referred adults to The Living Link for training.
  • The training program is managed by one of The Living Link’s directors who over sees the registration of students, recruitment and management of trainers, the development and improvement of training materials and the effectiveness of the program.
  • Qualified professionals (Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologist and Speech Therapists) are responsible for training the students the life skills component of the program. A qualified job coach is responsible for training and supporting adults on job sampling sites. The staff have been employed by The Living Link for a long time and have valuable experience in this industry.

Co-ordination and reporting

  • Groups are small enough for trainers and job coaches to regularly assess individual progress and frequent written reports and parents meetings provide feedback on how students are coping. Students are required to complete all components of the program in order to graduate and have access to employment opportunities.
  • As far as funding reports are concerned it is the responsibility of the director submitting this proposal to provide funders with regular reports if and when requested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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