Employment/Daytime Activities

Meaningful Daytime Activity/Day Services

Not all people are ready or able to join the workforce after high school. Some need more job skill training while others need training on self-help skills and activities of daily living (ADL).
Day services are individualized, structured supports for people with significant disabilities. These services often grow an individual's interests and talents through community-based activities, center-based activities, and supported employment.
States have different services for people with disabilities. The agency names, types of services, funding sources, and eligibility vary by state. Please search our Services Directory for related services.

Employment Options

If employment is a possibility for your young adult, there are programs that help with employment readiness. Young adults may learn at a job site where they work as interns with some on-the-job opportunities. These programs are very effective and help with one of the major barriers to community inclusion—a job.
It is of great value to help young adults learn about SSI work incentives, the Ticket To Work program, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, and changes in Medicaid/Medicare designed to support persons with disabilities who wish to work.
Families and youth should become familiar with choices available that lead to having a job. To learn more about job readiness programs and work options, see the resources listed below.


Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Work Ability Utah
This program helps people who receive public benefits like Medicaid and Social Security due to a disability to find and maintain work.

Utah Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation assists and empowers eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain meaningful employment. This site provides a web-based locator for Utah state offices and links to all services and eligibility at Utah Workforce Services.

Utah Association of Community Services
Helpful page for locating day programs and services; offered by community providers who contract with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities and the Office of Rehabilitation to provide site and non-site day services. Some providers also accept clients who are self-pay.

Utah Department of Human Services - Division of Services for People with Disabilities
DSPD is part of the Utah Department of Human Services and provides programs and services for people with disabilities. Important for all families of children with special needs to be aware of this service, the sooner, the better due to the waiting list.

Peer Connections - SLC, Utah County
Through Easter Seals/Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain - Peer Connections provides opportunities to students ages 16-22 with high-functioning autism to establish and enhance their relational skills, while exploring work and career situations.

Transition from School to Adult Life: A Parent Resource Book
Handbook from the Utah Parent Center designed for parents of children with disabilities to help them be active participants in developing transition goals and activities as their children transition to adulthood. It includes steps to transition, graduation, laws, roles of players, transition planning, employment, training, independent living, timelines, advocacy, SSI, health care, guardianship, estate planning, and a directory of related Utah organizations. Utah Parent Center 2018

Murray Greenhouse Foundation
For individuals with disabilities age 22 and older, teaches independent living and employment skills through work in a greenhouse. A safe place for a disabled young adult to learn and enjoy a social outlet.

Employment (PDF Document 120 KB)
From the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children's Hospital, Boston, this handout provides helpful tips for youth and young adults to prepare for a job as they transition to adulthood.

Social Security Work Site
Promotes the employment of Social Security beneficiaries.

Ticket To Work
The Ticket To Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (TWWIIA) helps people with disabilities with employment opportunities including Medicaid Buy-In and other programs; from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
Provides links to quickly find vocational rehabilitation contacts in each state.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources; this link provides information on applying for SSI.

PACER's National Family Advocacy and Support Training Project (FAST)
This page has a piece on "The Journey to Adulthood – What Every Parent Needs to Know" in regards to youth and maturity. Also includes information on Transition to Adulthood and more for young adults and families, in English and Spanish.

Keeping It Real: How to Get the Supports You Need for the Life You Want
This curriculum supports students as the transition from high school to adulthood and provides information and tools relating to transition; self-assessment; supports; employment and careers; education and training; living arrangements, recreation and leisure; and resources; from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Youth Leadership Toolkit
Good video site for youth and young adults to learn about employment and related topics in an easy access online format. Developed by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in collaboration with the Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Becoming Leaders for Tomorrow Project.

Services for Patients & Families in Utah (UT)

For services not listed above, browse our Services categories or search our database.

* number of provider listings may vary by how states categorize services, whether providers are listed by organization or individual, how services are organized in the state, and other factors; Nationwide (NW) providers are generally limited to web-based services, provider locator services, and organizations that serve children from across the nation.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: December 2005; last update/revision: May 2019
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Contributing Authors: Gina Pola-Money
Teresa Such-Neibar, DO
Lynn Foxx Pease
Helen Post
Roz Welch
Reviewers: Tina Persels
Alfred N. Romeo, RN, PhD
Funding: Thank you to the Utah Medical Home Young Adult Advisory Committee for reviewing this section.