Employment & Day Services
Individualized vocational and employment support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
L.I.F.E.'s Employment and Day Services is a licensed provider of Maryland DDA and DORS. We provide individualized vocational and employment support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; while also serving individuals with other disabilities in identifying and securing competitive employment in the community based on each job seeker's interest and abilities. Our goal is to match each job seeker's skills and abilities to the needs of the employer through customized employment.
L.I.F.E.’s employment and day services provide customized employment services to individuals with disabilities who are ready, willing and able to work through Employment Services, Non-Supported Employment Services, and Employee Development Services (EDS). Our support services are offered both in facility and in the community based on each person's needs and preferences. As a program participant, individuals are exposed to employment skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment, work and career assessments, and various community job activities based on each person's interest and abilities.
To access services at L.I.F.E., job seekers must be approved to receive services through two main funding sources: The State of Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS).
Supported Employment Services- Transition Youth (TV) students can access long-term funding for ongoing supported employment services through a DDA-funded agency after they graduate from high school. Transitioning Youth comprise a special category of eligibility and priority for services. Through the Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI), the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), in collaboration with the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DORS), has been able to fund supported employment and other day services for eligible graduating students who otherwise may not have received DDA services.
For an individual to be eligible for the Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI) he or she must apply for services through the DDA and be found fully eligible as developmentally disabled. Additionally, the student is eligible from his/her 21st birthday until his/her 22nd birthday. If the date of graduation is after the individual's 21st birthday, the individual shall continue to be eligible for one year after the date of graduation.
Non-Supported Employment Services- Individuals with disabilities who are not eligible to receive funding through DDA can still receive short term support to obtain employment. Through DORS, these individuals can receive support with Job Development and/or JOB coaching support for a time limited period.
Employee Development Services (EDS)- In partnership with the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), our EDS is 6-week classroom training program for job seekers. It is designed to assist individuals develop work related attitudes, behaviors, and values to achieve success in the workplace. The goal of this training is to give everyone the proper tools needed to present themselves in a professional manner when appropriate with the hopes of eventually obtaining community employment.
Our SEP also partners with local high schools to provide the Employee Development Service (EDS) Program to graduating transitioning students. This program is customized to fit any school schedule. In addition to classroom instruction, students receive hands on employment training in the community. At the completion of the program, the goal is then shifted to provide job development and placement services to those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional performance throughout the program.
PRE-ETS- Through our community partner DORS, L.I.F.E. SEP now offers PRE-ETS (Pre Employment Transition Services) to High School students who:
- Are still enrolled in secondary school or has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn;
- Are at least 14 years old but less than 22
- Has a disability (i.e. receives services under an IEP or 504 plan, or has a disability for purposes of section 504)
PRE-ETS is offered to students in two options:
(1) Career Exploration Counseling- The goal of the Career Exploration Counseling is to give students additional opportunities to explore and plan for the transition to post school employment and/or further education. Individualized counseling will help students connect the present to the future and demonstrate how skill development and knowledge relate to future opportunities in postsecondary education settings and employment.
(2) Boot Camp- The goal of Boot Camp is to build on current pre-ETS services by providing participants with workplace readiness skills prior to beginning their work based learning experience(s). Students will participate in a one-week Pre-Employment Boot Camp intensive training from 8:30AM to 12:30 PM for three consecutive days during the summer.
Supported Employment Locations:
CMRO - Baltimore City
New Psalmist Baptist Church - Educational Wing
6020 Marian Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
SMRO - Charles County
101 Paul Mellon Court
Unit 3 & 4
Waldorf, MD 20602
Hours of Operation 9:00am - 3:00pm