Employment Supports Community Options

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Contact Information

Community Options
Contact: Ann Shelton , Executive Director
Email Address: info@communityoptionsm.org
Phone: 413-323-9681

442 State Street Belchertown, MA 01007
Area Served: West

Map Location Employment Supports


This service assists people in finding employment in or near their communities, and is very individualized. The process for new referrals begins with an extensive group intake session in which Community Options’ staff meets with the person and any interested family members, friends, and others who have played a significant role in the person’s life. The objective is to get as complete a picture of the person and his/her aspirations before the job search begins. This process continues over time, as staff get to know people well in order to know best what directions to pursue.

Employment is again pursued on an individual basis; the agency does not arrange for group placements with local employers, nor does it provide ongoing job “coaching”. Rather, Job Developers work carefully to find jobs which match personal preferences and abilities, identify the specific support needs that might be required, and arrange that those supports come from supervisors and/or co-workers on the job. Regular, ongoing contact is maintained with both the employer and individual as needed throughout employment.

Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties of western Massachusetts

Service Types

  • Job Counseling
  • Job Placement
  • Job Skills
  • Job Support
  • Job Training
  • Skills Training

Program Type

  • Jobs
  • Vocational

Populations Served

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Developmental Disability
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Ages Served

  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Able to serve clients in their wheelchair

Additional Information

  • Licensed By: DDS