Community Mentoring and Habilitation

Our Autism Services provide an individualized approach to social and life skills development.  Adults participate in vocational, social and independent living activities that are tailored to their needs and interests.  They take an active role in planning their schedules and developing goals and objectives for each activity.

Independent living skills are addressed through a combination of community experiences and activities in the home.  Staff educate participants on a variety of life skills, such as the use of public transportation, understanding housing options, and the importance of money management.

What Vocational Training & Opportunities Are Available?

Via partners with employers, local agencies, and institutions of higher education throughout the Lehigh Valley.  Through these partnerships, we provide:

  • Career interest inventories
  • Job shadowing, job site visits, and career exploration
  • Mock interviews with human resource managers at Lehigh Valley companies
  • Resume preparation
  • Inclusive learning and volunteer activities
  • Recreational opportunities

How Can I Engage with My Community?

Our staff work with individuals to tailor recreational and community activities to their personal preferences.  Activities vary depending on interests, but may include sporting events, cultural events, art classes, and various community and social activities.

Engaging with the community through volunteerism is highly encouraged.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to explore vocational opportunities, learn new skills and meet new people.

Volunteer sites include:

  • 6th Street Food Bank
  • 6th Street Shelter
  • Allentown YMCA/YWCA
  • Bethlehem YMCA
  • Boys & Girls Club of Allentown
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Good Shepherd
  • Lehigh Valley Arts Council
  • Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Luthercrest
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Phoebe Home
  • Salvation Army

 

For more information, contact:
Julianna Dueh, Autism Services Coordinator
J.Dueh@ViaNet.org | 610-317-8000 x483

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COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE:

To comply with Governor Wolf’s mandate that non-essential businesses be closed and with guidance from the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), that funds many of our programs, Small Group Employment, many Community Employment Services, Creative Expressions Adult Training Facility and Prevocational Workshop are closed for participants until the mandate is lifted. 

However, ODP has determined that home and community-based services are considered life-sustaining and are exempt from the Governor’s directive asking for the closure of all non-essential businesses.  Therefore, Via will provide limited Community Participation supports, In-Home services and Behavioral Support services.  As we learn more from ODP, coordinators will reach out to participants about services that are available.  We are reaching out to Via staff now to determine who can provide these services. 

Coordinators are working remotely and are available by email or phone to answer your questions.  Please contact your coordinator by email or phone if you need anything or email Via@ViaNet.org.