BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Waltham-based Opportunities for Inclusion, an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Massachusetts, works to promote independence and inclusion for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD).
It has multiple programs, one of which offers employment opportunities with four group-supported employment sites — three at Brandeis University and one at Bentley University.
“I think overall it makes people feel really good about themselves,” Peter Cohn, a group-supported employment supervisor, said.
Cohn has worked for Opportunities for Inclusion for more than 13 years. In his current role, he manages a group of eight to ten OFI employees at Bentley.
“I think it’s really good for everyone because it helps build self-confidence,” Cohn said. “It helps people to feel like I can do a good job just like anyone else. I can make money; I can make a paycheck.”
Gabriel, 21, is one of the group employees Peter supervises in a range of jobs in the cafeteria. He said he likes it and finds it motivating.
The Arc of Massachusetts is celebrating its 70th year with a gala on Nov. 9, 2023. The non-profit is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click here to learn how to donate.
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