Friendly bean training opportunities

The Goal at The Friendly Bean Cafe is to empower individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities by providing the opportunity to develop skills needed to work in community based employment. 


Situational Assessment - VR discovery

A situational assessment at The Friendly Bean is used to gather performance-based information about a client from a vocational environment or by his or her performance on a specific job-related task. The purpose of a situational assessment is to assess an individual’s strengths and needs through observation of the individual’s behavioral and job task performance, and to make recommendations for employment service planning. 


Job Shadow - VR Discovery

Job shadows are job observations. They provide an opportunity for the client and the provider to visit The Friendly Bean and observe different job tasks. They can help a client understand what is involved in working in food service to ensure informed choice, and determine if the job choice is consistent with the clients’s interests, abilities, and aptitudes. 


PRe-ets - High school students

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to set aside federal funds for the provision of PreEmployment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to "students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services." This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or postsecondary training.