Community Participation Supports

MCAR, Inc’s Community Participation Supports program is intended to maximize opportunities for individuals to have access to the benefits of being integrated into their communities. This program increases an individual’s potential to achieve community employment by providing both facility based trainings and exploration into the community.


            MCAR uses the Practical Assessment Exploration System – PAES with skill development in the areas of Computer Technology, Construction/Industrial areas, Processing/Production, Consumer Services and Business Marketing.  The use of these labs help to assess an individual’s potential for competitive integrated employment and interest levels. 


            CPS helps individuals to develop and sustain a large range of valued social roles and relationships while building natural supports and increasing their independence. 


            MCAR’s CPS program gets individuals actively participating in community activities, groups and develop volunteer opportunities throughout Mercer County.  These activities provide purpose and build a sense of responsibility.  Individuals participate in community activities that are related to development of hobbies or leisure/cultural interests with non-disabled community members. 


            All the activities in MCAR’s Community Participation Supports program provide the perfect arena for all individuals to obtain community inclusion and/or competitive integrated employment. 


What is PAES?

PAES is a way of training individuals with disabilities for jobs. It was designed specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the ways they learn. PAES uses suitable and adapted methods that help them learn different job skills. No matter what their functioning level is, individuals are able to learn about many different jobs and what skills they need to do those jobs. Individuals also gain an understanding of what it’s like to work in the real world.

In the PAES curriculum, individuals take on the role of employee and develop job skills through hands-on tasks that are just like real-world job requirements. Individuals punch a time clock to begin their “job” of learning. They become responsible for getting the materials and equipment they need to complete that day’s job assignment.  

In this way, individuals develop valuable job skills. They also gain an understanding of task completion, work ethics and behavior, cooperation, problem solving, safety, and dependability. 

Being exposed to a different job tasks, individuals are able to realize what kinds of jobs they might like in the competitive workforce. Through PAES, they develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and independence. After completing PAES, individuals have the skills they need to find a job in the community. 

Contact our PAES Program Coordinator at 724-981-2950 x 221 for more information.

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