What is Aspire?

Aspire provides learning opportunities for adults with disabilities under the age of 59 to acquire, improve and maintain self-help, domestic, socialization and adaptive skills. 

How does Aspire work?

Aspire embraces flexibility, individualized attention, and community integration. The program provides engaging experiences both at the Goodwill facility and out in the community. Individuals choose curriculum-based modules that meet their interests and will support their independence and participation in community life and/or work. Modules may include: computer literacy, career exploration, self-care and advocacy, financial literacy, recreation, wellness, cooking and nutrition, art and music, adult basic special education, volunteering, managing an apartment, transportation and mobility, and more.

What are the benefits of Aspire?

Aspire encourages independence and highlights the importance of community. Participants begin preparing for work and/or community involvement as they determine which path is right for them. Aspire takes place in a bright, new, integrated facility that features a kitchen, a job readiness area, a mock apartment, computer classrooms,an exercise area, and up-to-date technology.

Who is eligible for Aspire? 

Individuals are eligible to participate by meeting the following requirements:

  • Have a documented diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability or Developmental Disability
  • Are 18 years of age or older and post-high school
  • Ability to perform basic Activities of Daily Living Skills (ADL’s) independently
  • Willing to become involved on a scheduled basis

Individuals are referred by Supports Coordination Units and are funded by waiver programs available through the Allegheny County Office of Intellectual Disability (OID).

Service Availability:

Start date determined by availability of openings within the program.

Who to contact: 

April Klein, Aspire Program Facilitator
Phone: 412-632-1805
Email: april.klein@goodwillswpa.org

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