CSI-Connecticut provides supported employment to persons who may work alone competitively or who may work in small enclaves with their colleagues. CSI-Connecticut identifies and accesses employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Participants may or may not also be supported residentially by CSI.
Some persons have gained sufficient vocational skills, appropriate on-the-job behaviors, and sustained attention span to work competitively. CSI’s supported employment programs helps persons to find work at retail establishments, home improvement centers, auto parts store, restaurants, and factories. The work sites include national employers (Advance Auto, Home Depot and Wal-Mart), as well as local employers. People who work competitively receive varying amounts of job coaching. They may begin with a few hours/week of job coaching, and gain sufficient skills to receive no more than periodic, unscheduled drop-bys.
Other persons work in the community in small enclaves (usually of no more than six persons each) doing simple maintenance tasks, seasonal tasks (such as lawn mowing and snow shoveling) and janitorial tasks. Their employers include area town governments, non-profit organizations, and local businesses. Enclaves are supported by one or more staff full-time.