Standardized tests are used to find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie and the results are matched against a list of hundreds of different jobs. This gives us an idea of what you can do, and what training could work for you. If you’re physically strong and good with tools, you might like a job in the trades, such as welder, electrician, or mason. If you use a wheelchair and are good with your hands, a sit down job like sewing or parts assembly job may be for you. Do you have a good head for numbers? Perhaps a career in accounting or inventory management is for you. The possibilities are endless.

Vocational evaluation may also identify any special obstacles. For example, you might have a learning disability such as dyslexia, or perhaps you have a mental health challenge such as depression.

The goal of evaluation is to identify where you are strong and where you need support. From there, we can help you work toward your job goal.

Assessments are chosen on an individual basis depending upon what vocational information is needed. Academic ability and interests are usually established first, with following assessments based on this information. Specific skills assessed may include fine and gross motor ability, size and color discrimination, visual acuity, and aptitude for the work fields such as clerical, mechanical, industrial, service, art, science, and business.

The vocational plan is developed as the individual’s skills and interests are identified. Career exploration may include using resources such as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and resources on the Internet. Information on local education and training programs are available from the staff.

For more information please contact:
Terri Johnson, Director of Employment and Community-Based Services at 716-661-1433 or through email at terri.johnson@resourcecenter.org