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, Utah Vocational Rehabilitation, 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

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

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

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Provides links to 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.

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

Utah Association of Community Services
Association of 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.

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.

Youth Leadership Toolkit
Guide book and DVD videos for youth/young adults, parents, medical providers, and other professionals with tips from young adults to assist in transitioning to adulthood. Includes transportation, finding adult health care, healthy relationships, employment/volunteering, self-advocacy and independent living. Developed by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in collaboration with the Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Becoming Leaders for Tomorrow Project.

Youth/Young Adult Transition Needs Assessment (Word Document 91 KB)
A worksheet to help the youth or young adult determine strengths and needs to help prepare for transition to adulthood; from the Utah Family Voices Health Information & Support Center, adapted from Florida.

Services in Idaho

Select services for a different state: MT, NM, NV, RI, UT

College Disability Centers

We currently have no College Disability Centers service providers listed; search our Services database for related services.

Departments of Health, State

See all Departments of Health, State services providers (2) in our database.

Disability Awareness Programs

See all Disability Awareness Programs services providers (92) in our database.

Disability Related Employment Programs

See all Disability Related Employment Programs services providers (31) in our database.

Disability Related Transportation

See all Disability Related Transportation services providers (47) in our database.

Local Support Groups, Disability/Diag

See all Local Support Groups, Disability/Diag services providers (116) in our database.

Residential Services, Disability

See all Residential Services, Disability services providers (9) in our database.

State Institutions for Individuals with Disabilities

See all State Institutions for Individuals with Disabilities services providers (5) in our database.

Vocational Education

See all Vocational Education services providers (109) in our database.

For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: July 2008; last update/revision: April 2019
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Contributing Authors: Robin Pratt
Barbara Ward, RN BS
Gina Pola-Money
Joyce Dolcourt
Kristine Ferguson
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.