Individual attention from professional counselors.
Overcoming difficulties due to physical or other limitations is a challenge to both the individual and the family. Pioneer can help meet that challenge. Understanding these problems allows our professional staff to help identify and resolve them. Pioneer can help develop a plan for meeting your goals and will work with other social service agencies to offer every advantage available to you. Your quality of life will be enhanced when you work toward reaching your full potential, Pioneer can help with vocational rehabilitation services.
Helping People Reach their Full Potential
Our goal at Pioneer is to assist people with disabilities in reaching their full potential. It is important to understand the types of disabilities, and how we make it our goal to help those who are individuals with diabilities develop new skills and self-confidence.
Disability groups Pioneer serves:
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Hearing Impairment
- Other Disabilities
- Visual Impairment and Addictions
Supports for Community Living and Michelle P. Waiver
Supports for Community Living (SCL) and Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) is a home and community-based waivers under the Kentucky Medicaid program and was developed as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. These waivers allow individuals to remain in or return to the community in the least restrictive environment.
Criteria for Acceptance
At least 16 years of age
A desire to participate in a work-oriented program and to derive benefit from participation
Individual's needs can safely and adequately be supported by Pioneer
Qualify for services, indicating the presence of mental retardation and/or a developmental disability
Pioneer's program is designed to provide therapeutic, non-competitive paid work to individuals who qualify for SCL services. In addition, classroom activities will be provided to meet the individual's personal objectives in different areas, including:
Recreational and social activities
Recipients are a part of the paid workforce at Pioneer. This helps put into practice skills taught in the classroom, as well as providing meaningful work in the larger Pioneer community.
The AbilityOne Program is the largest source of employment for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities in the United States. This program has yielded employment for over 56,000 Americans with disabilities. The Goverment purchases quality products produced by non-profit agencies employing such individuals thoughout the country. Pioneer is one such agency. There are more than 600 non-profit organizations that employ these individuals and provide quality services and goods to the federal government at a fair market price. The Program is administered by the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. The program is an indepentent federal agency, that reseives assistance from National Industries for the Blind, and NISH-Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Significant Disabilities.
The AbilityOne Program has allowed these individuals to acquire job skills and training, receive wages and benefits, and gain greater independence and quality of life. They have the opportunity to enjoy participation in their communities and can leverage their AbilityOne skills into other public and private sector jobs.
Pioneer has two AbilityOne contracts and 100% of work on these contracts is done by individuals with disabilities. The contracts are to produce cold weather sleeping mats for DLA (Army) Troops Support and DCMA (Marines) Natick Contracting. We have been producing the mat for DLA since 1985.