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- Charting the Course for Quality Integrated Employment
- Taking the next step towards integrated employment in the community
- Linking participants and the community to make a difference
- Looking at individual interest and potential to bridge employment opportunities
Welcome to LCS's website
"Provide training and community engagement for youth and adults of varying abilities to enhance their self-esteem and quality of life"
LCS (Lakeside Curative Services) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "provide training and community engagement for youth and adults of varying abilities to enhance their self-esteen and quality of life." We focus on weaving the interests and talents of individuals with disabilities with community opportunities. We offer participants a variety of services including job development, supported employment, volunteer experiences, horticulture training, paid job skills training, and day services plus more…all with a focus on community engagement. LCS supports Employment First principles including the following.
- A belief in “real” jobs for all and that everyone can work in the community, regardless of disability.
- Employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred outcome for publically funded vocational services.
- LCS believes that upholding disability rights is extremely important; as protected under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Supreme Court - Olmstead decision.
Who We Serve
Annually LCS serves over 400 individuals with a diverse range of abilities first. LCS believes that it is important to focus on the potential of all people. When we do this …it is possible to figure out how to proactively support participants and address any barriers.
What We Offer
LCS focuses on providing participants the same career exploration opportunities as the general public. Plus we offer prevocational services as a short term option versus the primary or sole employment option for individuals with disabilities. This is important because it breaks the myth/tradition of assuming that participants (especially for those with an intellectual or physical disability) need to stay employed in sheltered work on a long term basis.
Our primary focus is on assisting participants with developing skills that will help them with finding a good employment match with a local business through our job placement services - QEST. This is where developing and maintaining positive/professional relationships with local business is critical and where our tag line of “Potential is Limitless” comes into play.
We also offer prevocational services (LCS Explore and E-Now!) and skill training which take place at LCS and in the community. LCS subcontracts with local businesses as a means to offer paid training to participants in order for them to develop general, non-job-task-specific streangths and skills that contribute to employability. Another component of this service includes going into the community for career exploration and volunteerism to help broaden particpants' knowledge of employment options and continue to build work skills.
The day services (LCS Connect) program provides valued learning opportunities that are geared toward experiences that will help each participant lead a fuller and more independent life. Community connections and experiences such as volunteering, learning about horticulture, career exploration & vocational training are an integral part or essential component of the services that LCS Connect offers.
All of our programs are unique but they also all share the common thread of community connection and engagement…all leading toward employment.
Measure of Success
Helping increase the numbers of participants achieving employment in the community is LCS’ priority key indicator. This factor offers a win-win for the community and for the participants. The community wins because the workforce is diversified, more people are paying taxes, the number of individuals with discretionary income to spend in local establishments is increased and the list goes on.
To learn more about Employment First, please visit:WI Employment First and Wisconsin APSE
Research shows that people are more likely to patronize and return to businesses that hire individuals with disabilities. Additionally, co-workers and the community gain an understanding about the fact that everyone is more alike than different and that people with disabilities make good employees, good citizens and good friends. Community employment brings people with different backgrounds and with various ABILTIES together to unify and strengthen businesses and the community as a whole!
Individuals with disabilities win because they are earning an equitable wage, they are able to demonstrate theirunique talents and potential and the myths and stereotypes that still persist even today… begin to erode and all people are seen as valued contributing members of the community. LCS believes that talent has no boundaries and we are pleased to support participants in their employment and learning experiences.