In an effort to reach out to the communities of HRM, The One Step Closer program delivers programming to different regions throughout Halifax and surrounding areas. This eliminates any travel conflicts for clients in outlying areas of HRM who cannot make it to our office on Joseph Howe Drive.
Eager to reach out to more than 100 individuals a year throughout the course of the program, reachAbility is able to assist a greater number of persons with disabilities. To facilitate this process, the program will deliver its modules over a two-week period of time, working with participants for a total of ten days to deliver two popular, in-house reachAbility programs, ASSET and SYCLE. With the assistance of DCS staff, the OSCP will identify and secure local community centres, meeting halls, schools and other locations considered to be appropriate learning environments.
Participants will tackle a variety of topics including:
- Stress and anger management.
- Conflict resolution.
- Workplace dynamics and ethics.
- Healthy lifestyle choices and habits.
- Mental health and emotional stability.
- Positive and assertive interpersonal communication.
- Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-efficacy.
- Personality, values, motivation and attitudes.
- Goal setting and planning.
- Interviewing and understanding employer expectations.
- Team dynamics.
Mastery of these subjects has been identified with success in accessing and maintaining employment and positive reports of job satisfaction. The program intends to create and sustain an atmosphere of open dialogue and communication that encourages the sharing of information between participants, their caseworkers and program staff. With a process of collective and transparent consultation, participants will be challenged to learn, laugh and grow in a supportive context that recognizes their unique attributes, talents and gifts.
At the conclusion of the two-week intervention, participants will have gained increased self-confidence and self-efficacy in relate to their work-based skills, as well as improvements in their capacity to effectively communicate and manage work-based conflict. Through the reduction of these and other barriers to employment, the OSCP is committed to fostering participant development that enables meaningful employment experiences and personal growth.
One Step Closer Quotes
“It gave me a fresh perspective on so many things in regards to work and life in general. It re-ignited my self confidence and refreshed a lot of knowledge that I had about job readiness and I am so pleased. This is a wonderful and important program that will hopefully make people feel as good as I do now that it’s done.”
“reachAbility helped me in so many ways. Knowing that there is people out there that care and want to help. The workshop taught me that things are very possible when you believe in yourself, set your goals and stick to them. The course was great in helping people find there ways.“
“I would like to thank reachAbility for the one step closer program. It has opened my eyes to what I can do, to what skills I have and how to apply them. I really enjoyed my time in the workshop. It has helped me with more confidence and new methods towards setting my goals.”
How Do I Get Involved?
If an individual is already associated with a case management agency, then they can speak directly to their case manager about referral to One Step Closer.
If an individual is not already case managed, but wishes to participate in a particular program, they can contact reachAbility anytime for contact numbers for a case management agencies or questions regarding the referral process.
For more information about One Step Closer, please contact Joe@reachability.org or call us at 902-429-5878.
Specific accommodation(s) available upon request.
Download the referral form here: [WORD]
Please note that unless otherwise posted, our programs typically commence at 10 a.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Tuesdays through Thursday, and finish for the day at 3 p.m.