At ADEC, we promote choice and possibility by providing quality employment services for individuals experiencing life with a disability or barrier. We work with each of our consumers one on one ensuring his or her goals, interests and abilities are taken into consideration. We seek to develop meaningful employment opportunities while helping you become a qualified candidate for competitive employment through a variety of services.
We believe individuals with disabilities deserve the opportunity to find dignity and meaning in work while making productive contributions to the community and contribute to the well being of our society as tax-paying citizens.
CONTACT COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT
Senior Manager, Community Employment
1. Contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation Office and let them know you are interested in employment services. You can refer yourself, or you can be referred by a family member, friend, or support person. All services are provided at no charge to you!
a) Elkhart County – 574-262-2086
b) St. Joseph County – 574-232-4861
2. Complete the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) application process to determine if you qualify. Watch the video below for more information.
3. Tell your VR counselor that you would like ADEC as your employment services provider.
a) VR will send us your information.
b) You will be assigned an employment consultant who will work one on one with you.
We meet you where you are with individualized planning and services.
Depending on your needs and what Vocational Rehabilitation authorizes for you, this may include:
Job Readiness Training
Public Transportation Training
We seek to develop meaningful employment opportunities while helping you become a qualified candidate for competitive employment. Here are just a few examples of the community partners and employers we work with:
Dion at The Electric Brew
“What was really cool was how Dion came in and took the ball and ran with it. He just fit in right away. Everyone is very accommodating and inclusive here, and you don’t always get that. You can see the pride in how he talks about it and carries himself. He literally cannot stop smiling, is doing an amazing job, and has been embraced with open arms at Electric Brew by the entire staff and customers alike.”
– Daniel Crowder, ADEC Employment Consultant
After landing your job, ADEC will continue to support you and your employer as you transition and adjust. Depending on your needs, support may include additional training, job coaching on or off site, adaptive technology and job accommodations, self-advocacy, and assistance with interpersonal and communication skills.
HOW YOU CAN FIND US
ADEC has two Community Employment locations serving over 250 clients:
ADEC Community Employment
2700 Industrial Parkway
Elkhart, IN 46516
851 Marietta Street
South Bend, IN 46601