Definition of Terms
A mental or physical disability or combination thereof, which is manifested before the age of 18, is likely to continue indefinitely and results in substantial limitations in 3 or more major life activities (i.e., self care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, economic self-sufficiency). All of our clients have some degree of learning disability that may or may not exist in conjunction with physical disabilities, behavioral challenges, or emotional problems.
Any person over the age of 18. Our clients range in age from 22 to 65 years of age.
Job coaches (also titled Employment Facilitators) are employed by PDS to works with employers to assist them to feel comfortable with the employee(s) with disabilities and to give the company practical information and feedback on how to benefit from a diverse work force. Furthermore, as necessary, PDS staff will actually physically assist our clients to do their work tasks and/or may provide on the job monitoring and counseling to ensure that the employees remain on task. Job coaches are meant to be liaisons and facilitators, NOT to take the place of the supervisors or employers of the workplace. Lastly job coaches promote social inclusion in the workplace by facilitating conversations and interactions between people with and without disabilities and accompanying our clients to work parties and other social events and activities.