Educational & Employment Services
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Henry David Thoreau
The Point/Arc provides a number of educational and employment services.
Social skills are needed in multiple settings throughout the day. However, it can be tempting to expect children and adults with social cognitive delays to use the socials skills and behaviors we desire before teaching them to be social thinkers. Using Michelle Garcia Winner's concepts and curriculum on Social Thinking®, our individual and group sessions help participants practice social thinking and social skills in a variety of situations and settings. Core aspects of the sessions include but are not limited to learning how to be part of a group, recognizing expectations, raising self-awareness and self-monitoring, increasing the ability to observe others, picking up on the perspective of others, and understanding how what we say or do makes others have their own thoughts and feelings about us. We are not interested in "fixing" anyone but focus on celebrating differences in communication while providing tools to help children and adults feel more confident. Individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, high-functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disability, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, or persons who have social cognitive deficits related to other disabilities. Content may not be appropriate for everyone. Individuals in need of specific support for high school, post-secondary, or employment situations may also benefit from services.
Career Exploration - Career Exploration gives high students the opportunity to learn about various careers by participating in hands-on work experiences at local businesses. Rather than providing training towards one career interest, students are exposed to a wide range of work environments, tasks, and expectations, facilitating the self-discovery process. Because they practice a variety of tasks in multiple settings, students begin to identify their career likes and dislikes, personal abilities, and areas of strength. At each business, students work as a team, developing confidence in their own abilities and that of their teammates. By engaging with supervisors, co-workers, and customers, students develop interpersonal skills. As each jobsite presents its unique challenges as well as benefits, students develop the following skills:
Through this opportunity, students begin to engage in the decision making process, taking control of their career choices and plans for the future.
The Point's Pre-Vocational Skills Training Program is a high school transition program, which uses innovative, interactive instruction to build the skills necessary to succeed in life and work. Through team-based and job simulation activities students gain the following skills essential for long-term success and job retention:
We are dedicated to igniting the potential within our students, addressing the key areas of life after high school, and empowering individuals to become more confident, self-sufficient, mature, and ready to work.
Our Team Building Intensive course was developed to help adults build the skills needed to thrive in a work environment. Participants may have held jobs in the past, be recent graduates looking to enter the workforce for the first time, or have not received substantial transition services. This course can also be a supplement to those who have received services but need more support around employment. Participants in the Team Building Intensive meet for two hours once a week for 10 weeks. During class, group activities, team challenges, and partner projects are used to work on taking initiative, problem solving, and social communication. We also focus on self awareness by looking at the strengths and interests of each person as well as challenges they may face. Participants have a chance to explore different job opportunities and hear from guest speakers about job searching and particular careers. The session culminates with participants presenting what they gained from the class and what they learned about themselves. We follow up with each person in the weeks after the class ends and are available to answer questions indefinitely. Students who complete the course have the opportunity to join an alumni group to maintain connections with classmates and staff for ongoing support.
In partnership with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Employment Program focuses on assisting people with disabilities in gaining competitive, meaningful employment. Throughout the process, a person-centered approach is used to create an employment plan based on strengths and interests. Depending upon the needs of each person, services may include:
Person Centered Employment Plan (PCEP): An employment plan developed together and based on strengths and interests.
Customized Employment: Customized job responsibilities that overlap with skills, interests, and the needs of the employer.
Supported Employment: Matching individual's interests and preference with pre-existing market job.
Long-Term Supports: Providing job training and continued support after a job is obtained.
Employment Retention: A service for people who simply need assistance with finding a job but do not require long-term support.
The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati is the first organization in the region to offer the PEERS Social Skills Group for Young Adults program, helping young adults with autism or other social challenges build and maintain lasting relationships. PEERS for Young Adults is a 14-week evidence-based social skills class for motivated young adults between the ages of 18-38 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression or other behavior disorders or social challenges. Throughout the class, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills, including:
- Conversational skills
- Electronic communication
- Handling direct and indirect bullying
- Handling arguments and disagreements
- Organizing get-togethers with friends
- Dating skills
- Strategies for handling sexual pressure
In 1975, The Mandatory Education Act, which guaranteed a free appropriate public education for all children with disabilities (FAPE), was passed. Recognizing the importance of parental involvement in their child's education, this civil rights legislation gave parents additional rights and responsibilities to participate in the development of their child's special education needs. Our Advocacy Program is here to assist you in knowing your rights and available programs and services to help.
The program is designed to teach children about various disabilities and how children with these challenges cope with them. It also helps children understand that they don't have to be the best at everything to be worthwhile and important. The goal is understanding, to help everyone know the person behind the disability and to create a climate in which we all feel at ease with one another's differences. Openness and acceptance can be taught. Differences do not have to be barriers.
Director of Transition, Employment, & Social Communication