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.
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
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.