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A man interacts with metal pieces in a mail room setting

The vocational curriculum for residential clients is based on the premise that for each person, the best way of working is to be determined individually. The program provides a framework for integrating personal, social and educational needs into every aspect of daily life. This not only helps learn how to work with others but also build a sense of independence and a strong sense of self-esteem. The curriculum focuses on individual needs, with an emphasis on self-advocacy and career exploration. It's all about developing competency and confidence that sets our graduates up for success at each stage of their lives.

The Vocational Curriculum for the Residential Program consists of:

  • Vocational Assessment

  • Vocational Exploration

  • Vocational Training

  • Job Simulation (in-house)

  • Work Experiences

  • Job Placement

  • Supported Employment

A visually impaired man works in a mail room setting
Two men work with metal components in a mail room setting


The Conklin Davis Center partners with Metra Electronics, an international company producing audio components. Product is delivered periodically and students attend the job simulation class while learning how to perform in the real world. They assemble the components and are paid a minimum wage while learning. Some students are hired by Metra and eventually begin their career with the company. Others gain the knowledge of appropriate work behaviors while in the job simulation area and go on to other careers within the community.


Students are assigned an Employment Specialist, who will work one-on-one with the student until they are placed in employment. The students' interests, skills and abilities are assessed prior to identifying various types of employment. Once a student is able to function within their new job, Job Coaches will visit them at their place of employment to ensure that they have the support they need to succeed in their new job.

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