The core of Bayside Community Network’s mission is our vocational based program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Briefly, we operate on a continuum of vocational services beginning at a level where we concentrate on work related attitudes and habits. Skills are important, however, our expereince shows us if an individual does not develop the proper attitude and habits towards work, he/she will simply not remain employed.
Our first step in the continuum provides hands-on training and work experience by working on a variety of contracts. We sub-contract work from local businesses – large and small. We concentrate on vocational skills, meeting production need, quality control, following multi-step directions, working cooperatively in a group setting, and more. Our production workers are paid a piece-rate for this contract work. Currently 120 persons are receiving this training and work experience.
Step two is enclave training. We place individuals in groups with a job coach. They are employed by companies performing regular job requirements in the company’s usual environment. The job coach helps to insure that each person will accomplish their training goals while meeting the needs of the companies that employ us.
The individuals working in our enclaves are paid at a rate commensurate with their time studies. Some individuals go on to become regualr employeees of the company providing the enclave work, in which they receive salary and fringe benefits from their employer. It is our hope that our enclave workers not only acquire all of the necessary work skills, but also develop appropriate social and networking skills.
The third and final step of the continuum is independent employment. It is our opinion that once an individual has successfully completed the first two phases of our program, he/she is prepared to enter independent employment. To provide a safety net against failure, we provide a job coach for the individual to remain and grow in their employment. The supports offered include daily transportation, continued job counseling, disability awareness for co-workers, retraining in specific skills and more.
We have placed many individuals in independent employment at area companies throughout the years, including Areas USA facilities – Chesapeake House and Maryland House, Union Hospital, Walmart, Hollywood Casino, Acme Markets, Martin’s, McDonald’s, Chili’s, Teeny Tiny Daycare, Kiddie Academy, Sunbridge Healthcare, Laurelwood Healthcare Center, Shorehaven, Veterinary Surgical Resources and Midas.
It is important to point out that not every individual has the ability to successfully complete our vocational continuum. Many individuals attain their fullest potential and can go no further. When this happens they remain in the least restrictive phase of our vocational continuum. They contine to be a productive worker receiving pay for their work while possessing the dignity they deserve through being a contributing member of our work force.
In addition to our vocational program, Bayside provides day services for indviduals with complex medical needs and intensified personal care needs.
Bayside also operates Camp C.A.R.E., Cecil County’s only summer camp program for children with special needs.
For 41 years, we have believed that all persons with a disability should be treated with dignity. Our comprehensive services and care give each individual the opportunity to learn and grow, to maintain the highest level of function with dignity, and the hope of leading a healthy, meaningful, happy life.
- Activities of daily living training
- ADA consulting
- Audiology screening
- Augmentative communications
- Behavioral Management
- Camp C.A.R.E.
- Case Management
- Cognitive retraining
- Computer access and training
- Horticultural program
- Independent Living training
- Psychiatric evaluations
- Physical Therapy
- Pre-employment evaluations
- Psychological evaluations and treatment
- Recreational and social programs
- Residential services
- Sheltered employment
- Social work services
- Speech/communication therapy
- Therapeutic recreation
- Transitional living units
- Vocational evaluation
- Vocational training
- Vocational placement
- Wheelchair evaluation
- Work ability assessment