We believe that through greater independence, individuals are able to experience a higher quality of life.


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Supported Competitive Employment
The DDS Competitive Employment Program, sometimes known as Job-Coaching, trains employees on the job site, as opposed to traditional facility based training.

Employment Specialists assist persons with disabilities to acquire, learn and maintain community based employment.

Training is individually tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual and is conducted on a one-to-one basis.

Individuals receive real wages for real work and are gainfully employed.

Employers have recognized this group of capable persons in the work force and the many benefits received though employing persons with disabilities.

Employment Specialists

provide the following


Job development
Assistance during the application and interview process
On-the-job training to the employer's satisfaction
Individualized training
Ongoing support
Follow along services
Assistance in job changes

The Employment Specialist works on your job site providing training for the new employee at no cost. There is no cost to the employer or the participant of the Developmental and Disability Services Competitive Employment Program.

All services at DDS seek to create opportunities for persons with disabilities that foster growth, development, self-esteem, dignity, and choice.

DDS consumers are employed in some of these Lebanon Valley businesses:

Wellspan - GSH Home Med Care
Wellspan - Good Samaritan Hospital
Hallmark Management Services/LVC
Driver's License Center
Lebanon Valley Family YMCA
Dutch Way
Henry Molded Products
Lebanon Daily News
Frey's Nursery
Giant Food Stores
Golden Corral
Mid Atlantic Supreme
Jubilee Ministries
Salvation Army
Fargo Assembly
Linden Village
Lebanon Valley Mall
Fort Indiantown Gap