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SEEC provides an array of services and supports in the community to help men and women with developmental and intellectual disabilities pursue their dreams for meaningful, happy lives. Through Peron-Centered Planning, we work with each individual to create supports that reflect their unique interests, skills, and needs.
SEEC believes that people who have significant disabilities belong in our community and deserve supports to have choice and control over their daily lives. Active community engagement gives people opportunities to showcase their abilities, develop new interests and talents, contribute to the workforce, broaden their social networks, and helps change long-held stereotypes of people with disabilities from being “needy” to “contributing” – from being different to having a lot in common with their nondisabled peers.
Workforce Development (WFD)
SEEC supports more than 100 people who work in paid positions in office settings, retail establishments, hotels, restaurants, government and nonprofit agencies throughout Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. Through a process called “Discovery,” our staff facilitate experiences to help job seekers identify their vocational interests and ideal conditions of employment. The discovery process leads to the creation of a Customized Employment Plan and Visual Resume for the job seeker to use in their employment search. Workforce Development staff also work with area employers to expand job opportunities that are mutually beneficial to the job seeker and the business community.
Job Coaches provide on-the-job supports as needed for those in paid positions, with the goal of fading supports as people gain more independence. Staff also work with coworkers and supervisors to provide natural supports in the work environment.
Our Workforce Development team also supports people participating in our Project SEARCH replications at the National Institutes of Health, Montgomery County Government, the Smithsonian Institution, and Embassy Suites Hotels. Project Search is a school-to-work internship program for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Community and Employment Network (CEN)
People receiving these day supports typically spend their mornings working, volunteering or participating in job-readiness activities, and their afternoons participating in educational, recreational, and fitness activities. SEEC staff work with each person to create weekly schedules that reflect his or her personal choices for work and leisure. The goal is to provide meaningful experiences and supports to help people further their personal development, broaden their employment or self-employment options, and become more independent in the community.
CEN also offers a pilot program that combines daily classroom instruction with community and employment activities to help people reach their personal aspirations for growth, achievement, and employment.
CEN supports are provided Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. to residents of Montgomery County.
Discovery assistance is specifically designed to help people gain greater independence and increased participation in the community. Supports are provided in addition to other funded supports and can be accessed during business hours, evenings, and/or the weekends.
SEEC staff partner with individuals and their families to gain a thorough knowledge of what is important to the person, identify his or her and talents and interests, and learn the best way to provide support. Care is taken to pair individuals with staff who share common characteristics that can help meet his or her expectations.
Community Living (CL)
SEEC's Community Living staff provide in-home supports and facilitate evening and weekend activities for more than 30 men and women. Most live with one roommate or by themselves in apartments and townhouses throughout Montgomery County. SEEC staff ensure living environments are clean, homey, and safe and facilitate community engagement. Supports range from drop-in assistance with grocery shopping and bill paying to 24-hour care for those with more significant needs.
Parent to Parent (P2P)
SEEC provides networking and informational referral through our Parent to Parent program. This free and confidential service pairs families in need with a parent mentor who has experience raising a child with a disability.
People receiving SEEC supports must be deemed eligible for services, and approved for funding, by the Developmental Disabilities Administration of Maryland or the District of Columbia. Funding from the Rehabilitative Services of Maryland and the District of Columbia may also be available for some aspects of our employment supports.
For further information, please contact John Eusebe, Intake Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last updated on 12/2/15