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Valley Educational Associates

General Info

Agency Office
PO Box 46
Hatfield, MA 01038
Phone
4133494120
Program Type
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Business Filing Type
Corporation
Organizational Type
Non-Profit
Accessibility Features
Able to serve clients in their wheelchair , Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms
Contact
Kate DaSilva
Services
Community Based Day Program, Day Activity, Disability Awareness, Job Counseling, Job Placement, Job Seeking, Job Skills, Job Support, Job Training, Self-Advocacy – Life Skills, Self-Advocacy – Recreation and Leisure, Skills Training, Socialization Activities
Populations Served
Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyper Activity Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Disorder, Birth Defects, Blind, Brain/Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Chromosome Disorders, Developmental Disability, Dual Diagnosis – ID/MI, Elderly Person with disabilities, Epilepsy/seizure Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Multiple Disability, Multiple Sclerosis, Visual Impairment
Eligibility Requirements
DDS, MRC

Narrative

Community Based Day Supports (CBDS) offers a supportive program to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities which assists individuals to develop, maintain, and enhance their ability and confidence in personal, social and community activities.

Skill development activities consist of:

  • Communication
  • Self-care
  • Socialization
  • Relationship-building
  • Healthy living
  • Self-advocacy
  • Community involvement

Unlike many programs, Valley Educational Associates does not rely on part time consults for its clinical supports. The agency has three full time clinicians (with masters or doctoral degrees) who are available daily at each of the sites.

The clinicians conduct behavioral analyses of the individuals’ behaviors and develop intervention plans as needed. The clinicians train the staff on the implementation of those plans, and because they are full time, are available to insure the treatment integrity of those plans in action. The clinical staff members also provide on the spot consultation to the clientele in the form of brief counseling or therapy services. The clinicians typically consult with the medication treatment providers of local psychiatry clinics, providing organized and collated data for the providers, coupled with interpretations of that data so as to provide helpful information about the efficacy of medication interventions

Employment Services

  • Job finding
  • Supervised jobs in community*
  • Sheltered work **

Vocational Training

  • On-the-job training
  • Social skills development
  • Furniture making
  • Retail store duties
  • Benchwork

Professional Services

  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Assessment and Consultation
  • Counseling
  • Career Assessment
  • Resume Writing
Vocational Services Program
The program is a job readiness program that encompasses social skills combined with hands on job training techniques. It is a progression program in which participants work toward a job preparedness. This program opens with a basic understanding of simple communication skills and developing a true understanding of job site awareness.

Licensure

Client Information

Staff to Client Ratios
clients to every staff person
Age Range of Clients
22 years to 75 years

Towns Served

CHICOPEE, HATFIELD, SPRINGFIELD

Record last updated on 25/01/2019

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