About Adult & Youth Services

DDI VANTAGE, Inc. is a qualified non-profit organization under 501(c)(3) and has been serving the community since 1971. Programs include Adult and Youth Services, Early Intervention, and Early Head Start. Its Adult and Youth Services programs are funded primarily through the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) to provide services that help persons with disabilities strengthen their self esteem through success and independence on the job, in the home, and in the community.

Our Adult and Youth Services include:

  • Supported Employment
  • Supported Job-Based Training
  • Supported Living
  • Family/Individual Training and Preparation
  • Respite
  • Personal Budget Assistance
  • Chore Service
  • Homemaker Service

DDI VANTAGE's trained staff is dedicated to helping each individual develop the skills necessary to succeed in every aspect of life and achieve a greater sense of self and quality of life.

Adult and Youth Services

DDI VANTAGE, Inc. does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, political beliefs, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status in its programs, services, activities, or employment.

Supported Employment For Employers

DDI VANTAGE Supported Employment enhances your company's human resources by providing employees to do the job and training them to do it the right way. Our staff of trained and experienced employment specialists work effectively with adults with disabilities, reducing the need for in-house training on your part. The specialists help assess the need for accommodations and can access other community resources that may be available at no cost to you or the employee.

DDI VANTAGE can:

  • Provide dependable employees for your business or organization.
  • Provide on-the-job training and ongoing support to facilitate a successful experience.
  • Teach the worker appropriate at-work behavior, personal hygiene, and social skills to help make the worker's relationship with co-workers a positive one.
  • Assure the job will be completed to your satisfaction during and after the training period.
  • Be available to answer your questions and to assist the worker whenever necessary.

FAQs

What do I have to pay for on-the-job training and other DDI VANTAGE services?

Nothing. DDI VANTAGE has contracts with state agencies that provide funding for services for our clients.

How do I benefit from hiring an employee with a disability?

If the job is matched up correctly, most of our clients are loyal and long-term employees. There are also some tax benefits to a company for hiring an individual with a disability. Please check with your tax advisor for details.

How long will the individual need Supported Employment?

That depends on the individual. We try to match the job to the individual based on their abilities and work history. For some it may be as short as a few days. Others may require ongoing support.

Supported Employment For Clients

Our Services begin with a personal interview to get to know you and what you want. Then we work with you, your family, case workers, employers, and other people that know you to:

  • Find a job for you that you can do and would like to do.
  • Prepare you for a job interview.
  • Help you learn about personal hygiene, proper social skills, and how to be a good worker.
  • Make sure you get help if you need it to do your job.
  • Teach you the job skills, schedules, and routines you need to do the job.
  • Help you learn how to get along with your employer and your co-workers.
  • Make sure your job is the best one for you and help you change it if it is the best thing to do.
  • Make sure that your job always gets done right, even while you're learning it.

FAQs

Do I have to pay for DDI VANTAGE employment services?

If you are eligible to receive services from the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) or the Utah State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, you DO NOT PAY for our services.

What if I need help to do the job after my on-the-job training?

It is important for you that DDI VANTAGE helps you less as you get better at doing the job, but we will help you as long as you need it by visiting you at work and keeping in contact with your employer. We will be there for you whenever you need us.

Can I receive Supported Employment and Supported Living services from DDI VANTAGE at the same time?

Yes. How much help we can give you depends on your budget that is set up by DSPD.

Supported Living

DDI VANTAGE Supported Living provides one-on-one hourly support, supervision, training and assistance for people with disabilities. Services are provided to help individuals live as independently as possible by strengthening their capacity for meaningful choice and personal control in their daily lives. Activities are designed to support individuals in nurturing relationships, encouraging personal involvement in the community, and achieving personal goals.

Services are tailored to meet the individual's needs and may include assistance and training in:

  • Personal health and safety.
  • Personal care.
  • Household organization and management.
  • Transportation to medical appointments and community events.
  • Shopping.
  • Money management and budgeting.
  • Social, self-help, adaptive, and compensatory skills.

FAQs

What do I have to pay for the services provided by DDI VANTAGE Supported Living?

If you are eligible to receive services from the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) and are not on a waiting list for their services, you DO NOT PAY for our services.

How do Supported Living services differ from Supported Employment services?

Supported Employment services focus on helping individuals find, learn, and maintain jobs. Supported Living services focus on providing assistance to individuals in personal, every-day activities.

Can I receive Supported Employment and Supported Living services from DDI VANTAGE at the same time?

Yes. How much help we can give you depends on your budget that is set up by DSPD.

Contact Us

For more information about services available and what DDI VANTAGE can do for you, please contact us.

DDI VANTAGE, Inc.
Adult and Youth Services
575 East 4500 South, Ste B210
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 269-8108 (Main Office)
(801) 268-4001 (fax)

Angie Wright, Program Coordinator
awright@ddivantage.org

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