Disability in San Jose
This organization serves Bay Area children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and or developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autistic spectrum disorder, mood, disruptive behavior, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Volunteers can help in the classroom during the day or in after school programs.
Help individuals with disabilities to gain and sustain employment. There are many programs to get involved with including (1) Mentor Program: provides practical, hands on job search skills training by establishing and facilitating structured mentoring relationships between job seekers and mentors from local companies. (2) Mock Interview: provide constructive feedback through a mock interview; meet with an applicant to share trends in your industry, provide career and job insights, and professional or personal referrals and contacts. (3) Computer Resource Center: assist job seekerswith resume writing, internet job searches, online skills training, interview preparation and online job applications. (4) Job Club and Seminar Speakers: facilitate seminars and workshop sessions covering job search related topics including resume writing, careers in different industries, interviewing skills and self promotion.
Examples of how you can help are providing in home support: with reading mail, paying bills, and running errands, helping clients as needed at the Center, help with Bingo night, driver or guide for group outings, assist with activities like sewing and quilting, ceramics, yoga and gardening as well as adaptive computer programs and low vision equipment. Prior experience working with the blind is not necessary.