Intensive Case Management Program (ICM)
VCDHH provides intensive case management to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened or Deaf-Blind children in southern Vermont. The Intensive Case Management (ICM) program provides a safe, caring and structured environment in which Deaf adults with additional needs receive ongoing support to handle everyday life matters. Trained staff members assess the needs and barriers to independence for each client and develop goals and action plans to help them achieve autonomy. In addition, ICM clients may access other services and activities through VCDHH and in the greater community, and ICM staff can provide assistance with program eligibility and referrals.
Employment and Community ACCESS
For deaf and hard of hearing people, maintaining employment can be a challenging prospect. Communications issues and a potential employer’s lack of experience with the deaf and hard of hearing community can sometimes cause barriers to getting an interview, let alone landing and keeping a quality job.
VCDHH’s ACCESS program was created to facilitate connections between deaf and hard of hearing job seekers and local employers. A community-based program, ACCESS provides:
- Supported employment, including on-site job coaching
- Case management
- Service coordination with other providers to ensure services all work toward independence
- Community outreach and support
- Independent living skills instruction and vocational assessment
- Other employment-related services to accommodate unique needs
In addition to providing direct employment and independent living skills support, ACCESS sponsors social and networking opportunities for participants. We attend various community events as a group and organize fun outings including mountain biking, climbing, hiking, swimming, apple and blueberry picking, gardening, and attending various community events.