WHAT WE DO
At Breaking Barriers, we assist our participants in enhancing their quality of life by taking a person-centered approach. We provide services with a high level of follow-through, quality, and support.
In Community Integration, Breaking Barriers supports participants to increase their skills, social interaction, and connect with resources in their community…. Learn more.
Paid Internship Program
Breaking Barriers Paid Internship Program offers the people we support the opportunity to gain valuable on the job training while earning a paycheck. Through Breaking Barriers business relationships, we will connect the focus person with an internship that matches their wants and needs.
Tailored Services is offered at a 1:1 ratio. This service is for individuals that need a flexible schedule. The days, hours, and length of time is determined by the person supported. Tailored Services are used to work on educational goals, vocational goals, and/or to increase skills in living a more independent and inclusive life.
Customized Employment (individual placement only, no contract work, no sub-minimum wage) (Coming Soon)
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Customized Employment may include employment developed through job carving, self-employment or entrepreneurial initiatives, or other job development or restructuring strategies that result in job responsibilities being customized and individually negotiated to fit the needs of individuals with a disability. Our service assists job seekers with finding jobs tailored to his or her unique talents. This may include a job carved out to suit specific abilities, self-employment, or entrepreneurship.
- Pairs the job seeker with a Vocational Specialist who assesses talents, strengths and abilities
- Works on interview skills, resume building, benefits planning and the development of personal network
- Provides coaching as needed to master job skills
- Guidance for business planning and operations for self-employment
“Although I don’t always respond to the emails, I wanted to say how grateful we are for Breaking Barriers’ dedication. I appreciate my sister’s coach who is able to support her. I am not able to take care of my sister as you guys do. Forever in your debt. We understand how challenging it is. I lived with her for 30 years, most of the time, in the same room. Thank you very much!”
BB Family Member
“ I enjoy being a part of the Breaking Barriers program because it involves me in every step of getting hired. It makes me feel that I am in control of getting a job with the assistance of the staff. In addition, the Staff is easy to communicate with because they are patient and listen to my needs and goals of getting a job. Lastly, my job coach is nice, respectful, and easy to work with.”
“I enjoy clocking into work everyday knowing i have the opportunity to work with others and assist them in their daily lives. My co-workers & supervisors give me that same assistance when I need it. Answers are always a call or a message away. Supporting others resonates with me because i get to see others grow a step closer to achieving their life goals. As a person who enjoys helping others Breaking Barriers gave me the greatest opportunity to advise & assist others to their best extent.”
BB Direct Support Professional
“The services which my son receives from Breaking Barriers have benefited him greatly. The DSPs who my son has been receiving support from have been very supportive, understanding, and patient with him. My son has started to come out of his shell and more meaningful conversations are now being held between him and his DSPs.
He has also learned more skills with the help of his DSPs. I am involved with his support and we are starting to problem solve with life skills and with his college classes, in which he has earned straight A’s. The DSPs have been taking my son out for walks in the neighborhood which he doesn’t want to do, but that is getting easier for him.
Breaking Barriers has truly made a big difference in both my son’s and my life. I am very grateful for their support.”
“Breaking Barriers is teaching me Math and reading so that I can be ready for my business. Breaking Barriers also helped me with my Instagram and business, but I am not ready yet.”
“Breaking Barriers has been really nice and helpful with assisting me on what I needed to accomplish. The staff are flexible and respectful to my busy schedules.”
“Breaking Barriers has helped me with my school enrollment, and my student aid process. My staff is very supportive in helping me work towards my goals.”
“Breaking Barriers has been very helpful by supporting me in creating a lot of opportunities. Breaking Barriers is also the place that recognizes your abilities and admiration of being able to give yourself a lot of independence and goal-searching.”
“Breaking Barriers has helped me learn the knowledge needed to apply for jobs. They have helped me create a cover letter, resume, references and learn questions interviews. This helps me throughout my career and my lifetime.”
“Breaking Barriers is helping me become more calm and how to handle situations at work. It is helping learn more about myself and even though I have a disability, I know I can learn and overcome a lot things”
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