Workability Program

Yvette Lucas, Manager

Workability and WAE Beyond Programs

WAE Works is a group of artist and entrepreneurs who come together under JSDD’s WAE Center Workability program.  The program introduces skills and techniques to emerging artists which engages the participants to create art using their individual forms of expression.  Program facilitators help these artists design products to sell from their artwork and aid them in developing professional standards of completion.  Proceeds from the sale of these items directly fund the artists themselves and WAE Center programs.

The WAE Beyond program offers individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 16 and over, opportunities to gather afternoons and evenings during the week to interact and experience new learning opportunities in arts and personal enrichment. All the WAE Beyond workshops are inclusive and open to all.

Here are just a few of the products created by the members of our Workability Program. To purchase some of the pieces, please visit our Gift Shop.

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Who we are

At JSDD, the expectations for quality extend beyond what services and supports may be available to what life fulfilling experiences are possible. Our philosophy supports the notion that there are no limits to those possibilities. We have developed opportunities over time through a dynamic process of establishing relationships with the agency’s residents and WAE Center members. Unexplored interests, ideas, prospects for learning, continuing education and creativity are constantly evolving and emerge as our remarkable staff and the people we support get to know each other and share experiences.

What we do

Ability is the focus of all efforts in supporting the men and women we serve. We are delighted and inspired each and every day by the insights, revelations and creative energy that emerges when respectful relationships for the gifts and talent of every individual are considered. Learning and creativity occur organically as people share themselves and develop friendships and help each other to grow.