TAC – The Abilities Connection is a non-profit service provider with a long history of cutting edge programs and innovative approaches to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. TAC has been a recognized leader in providing adult day services, vocational services (which include skills training and employment support), and transportation services for more than sixty-five years.
TAC Academy is a service designed to develop and enhance an individual’s employability skills and promote increased community presence, participation, and community connections. TAC Academy’s curriculum provides opportunities for individuals to learn practical employability skills that are the foundation for developing relationships and sustaining employment.
TAC Academy is currently being offered virtually, with video conference classes. TAC Academy offers small class sizes (maximum of four participants per class) to ensure individualized attention. TAC Academy can be accessed by any individual receiving Adult Day Services.
Each class lasts for 45 minutes. Individuals can choose to enroll in each class offered for a particular course, or enroll in only the classes that meet their personal needs or interests.
“I do like TAC Academy. It makes me feel good to see other people. I enjoy doing the different things like choir, fitness, reading, and talking on the computer to other people.”
“I want all of you to know how much we appreciate the TAC Academy. We have been working here at home on getting him to talk more and to speak louder when he does. The classes have been great, because he has to make choices, state those choices, and speak loud enough for the host and all to hear. It’s still a work in progress, but he is enjoying the opportunity to stay connected.”
Each course has a variety of classes offered. Participants may choose to take whichever classes best fit their preferences and needs.
Knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes, as well as advocating for yourself are essential to building the life you want. This course focuses on participants knowing themselves inside and out. We will examine and assess learning style, personality, communication style and strengths. Examining these aspects will not only allow participants to gain confidence and advocate for themselves but will also enhance their chances of succeeding in the future.
Communication is essential in getting what you want and succeeding in life. This course teaches participants to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to communicate that allow them to achieve goals and feel more comfortable in social situations. Participants will focus on working and living with others in ways that promote growth and success.
When hiring new employees, there are several essential employability skills every employer is looking for. Being able to focus, take initiative, show enthusiasm, problem solve, and stay organized are all soft skills participants will practice throughout this course. Having a firm foundation in these areas will give participants the leading edge when searching for jobs.
Every employer has specific expectations of their employees. The classes in this course identify those expectations and stress the importance of following them to attain success in your career. Participants will learn the importance of attendance, dress, hygiene, bullying, and appropriate behavior in the workplace.
Through the classes in this course, participants will have the opportunity to study their individual likes/dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses as they complete activities to identify careers of interest. Here they will learn how to apply for a job, develop a resume, and practice interviewing skills. Participants will also learn the importance of goal setting in regards to their future success and being to develop their own.
Whether participants want to work, raise a family, go to school, or volunteer, they are a part of a larger community. This means having to interact with all types of people and adapting to different situations and circumstances. In this course, participants will learn their place in their community through lessons on finding resources, transportation, safety, and utilizing technology.