Job Training

Community Pre-Vocational Services

Community Pre-Vocational Services help people with an intellectual or developmental disability to get ready for the world of work.

Please NOTE: To protect community pre-vocational participants from the health risk posed by COVID-19, this program was temporarily suspended per a mandate from New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. For information on our reopening plans for 2020, please visit

Highlights of Community Pre-Vocational Services:

  • Paid job training at Empties for Empower
  • Job readiness/computer class at Niagara University
  • Volunteer opportunities in the community
  • Identifying work interests
  • Assessment of work skills
  • Benefits planning
  • Work readiness development (appropriate work attitudes, habits and behaviors)

All activities are offered in the most integrated setting appropriate to each individual’s needs.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Possess an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Enrolled in the Home and Community Based Waiver
  • Assigned to a Medicaid service coordinator
  • Enrolled in Medicaid
  • Motivated to work

For more information, please call Empower at (716) 260-1791, or send an email.