We embrace the Office of Developmental Programs’ philosophy of Everyday Lives, which includes Self Determination. Everyone should have a life of meaning and joy. We are constantly looking for new options, and trying new ideas to continually improve our programs. Our staff strive to give people exposure to new experiences to expand their opportunities and promote personal growth. At Shadowfax, we recognize that each person is happy and fulfilled when doing things they like to do.
We offer prevocational training supports for people who want a combination of community and facility based services at this time. The shops provide work experience in an industrial setting that bustles with work. Shadowfax partners with over 20 area businesses and specialize in hand packaging and assembly operations. The program encourages the development of industry compatible attitudes, behavior, quality control, productivity, and work tolerance consistent with each person’s interests and abilities. Workers receive pay for each piece of work that they produce. Shadowfax holds a 14c certificate and abides by the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. All workers are regularly provided career counseling and information about training opportunities. The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation partners with Shadowfax for career counseling presentations. There are federally mandated services that those who are 24 years of age and younger must obtain before coming to Shadowfax for this program.
Staff encourages each person to think about what they want their future to look like. They talk about a wide variety of volunteering and employment options. We utilize YouTube, videos and tours to expose people to job possibilities. Discussions are held about what it means to get a job and keep it. People learn about workplace rules, what to wear, and how to act. They role play scenarios that they may encounter on the job and learn how to handle potentially difficult or awkward situations. We promote jobs that are available in our community and encourage everyone to think about the type of work that they would enjoy. Our employment specialists meet with people who are ready to talk about getting a job. They help them to discover their interests, explore career options, and support them on their new journey towards employment.
All services are licensed by the Office of Developmental Programs and/or The Department of Aging. Our services are provided at our main office at 386 Pattison Street, or 149 South Tremont Street, York. For more information on Shadowfax’s Day Services, please contact us.