Community Involvement Programs’ Employment Services department is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s (MOFAS) ‘Increasing Access to Employment’ grant to assist individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) find and maintain employment.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can be the result of a woman drinking alcohol at some point during a pregnancy. FASD is, unfortunately, quite common–it affects 1 in 100 live births, yet it is 100% preventable. Infants born to mothers who have substance abuse issues can suffer a variety of symptoms, and in some cases, the effects can be severe. Yet FASD is often referred to as an invisible disability, because there may be no obvious physical symptoms or indicators. Those who have resulting intellectual impairments may be eligible to receive funding for disability-related services such as employment supports…yet many people fall through the cracks and are left trying to navigate the challenges of employment on their own, or may simply give up on the hope of employment altogether due to failed job attempts.
With funding provided by the MOFAS grant, CIP will provide employment services and supports to young adults (with a focus on ages 16-25) in the Twin Cities metro area who may be diagnosed with FASD or who are suspected to have FASD, but are ineligible for traditional state, county or vocational rehabilitation funding to purchase the services and supports needed to find and maintain a job.
CIP has expertise in providing flexible, individualized employment supports which include (but are not limited to): assessment and employment planning (including the use of discovery-based tools), employment-related skill development, and customized job development, as well as initial on-the-job training and ongoing supports. CIP is looking forward to a productive partnership with MOFAS through 2014!
This program is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Some of the information above is courtesy of the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.