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Old 07-13-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: west of Milwaukee, Wi
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We have a 23 year old son with Down's Syndrome, and currently reside in Wisconsin. We have excellent support and services here for special needs. He moved from high school into a sheltered workshop and is very happy.

I am considering job opportunities in either New Mexico, or near Denver, Colorado. However, any decision we make will depend on the special needs services available to assure our son can continue to work, and be part of the community.

I am doing research, and have contacted both states, but I was hoping that there may be people in this 'community' who may be willing to share their thoughts or experiences regarding services available for adults with special needs (especially as it relates to work environments) in these two states.

Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:51 PM
 
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ARCA: Opening Doors (http://www.arc-a.org/services/employment.htm - broken link)

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Old 07-13-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: west of Milwaukee, Wi
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ARCA: Opening Doors (http://www.arc-a.org/services/employment.htm - broken link)

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Yes...very.
We have something similar here in Wisconsin, but I don't think they offer the job placement like this one.
Thank you very much...and Albuquerque is the most likely city anyway!
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:13 PM
 
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I live outside of Albuquerque and our local grocery store (Smiths) employs DD baggers during the weekday. There is a job coach that works with them - she joins in in bagging, sometimes at the next register, sometimes at the same one. I don't know if they come from ARCA or another agency.

Someone in the Albuquerque forum might have more information on other agencies, if there are some (I would think so).
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We have a large population of individuals with needs so we have lots of programs. (adults and children) I am in the Colorado Springs area. We have the Alpine Center, an equestrian center that individuals with needs come to to take care of horses and ride, BACBs who come into certain school districts and work with adults, a transportation system, and the list goes on.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: west of Milwaukee, Wi
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We have a large population of individuals with needs so we have lots of programs. (adults and children) I am in the Colorado Springs area. We have the Alpine Center, an equestrian center that individuals with needs come to to take care of horses and ride, BACBs who come into certain school districts and work with adults, a transportation system, and the list goes on.

Thank you....I have gotten some information from a DS group in Denver too. Sounds like this won't be an issue if we head to Colorado. One less thing to worry about!
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