Location: 24 Northeast Drive Hershey, PA 17033
The Community Integration Center (CIC) serves as a springboard for individuals with autism to maximize their employment potential. Whether they have not yet secured a position, recently lost a position, or are employed part time, adults attend the employment hub to further build skills while they explore community interests. As a result of programming, participants gain greater awareness to what opportunities exist in the community.
Instruction is individually designed and targets skills most relevant to securing, enhancing, or maintaining a job placement. Themes addressed include exploring different classifications of work, learning the value of money and how it is acquired, enhancing supervisor and coworker interactive skills, building physical endurance enabling working longer days and teaching appropriate work attire, hygienic behavior and safety skills.
Participants are empowered to select activities of their choice on a daily basis. Through observation of which activities the participant selects and environments that are most preferred the employment team is able to refine the search for competitive employment.
Staff consists of a Community Integration Supervisor who coordinates operations and establishes new community partners and a team of employment specialists and life skills instructors. Staff ratio is dictated by the need of the individual. Staff are trained in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and customized employment.
Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 to 3:00 and Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 to 5:00. The program operates year round closed only for major holidays. See the Community Integration Center schedule for more details.