CAB Cable Rings: Creating Jobs and Purpose for Disabled Individuals
We're always on the lookout for things that will meet our needs and make our own lives better, but did you know that it's actually possible to help improve the lives of others through nothing more than a simple product choice? Case in point: cable rings and cable saddles. You may never have associated aerial cable support with jobs for the visually-impaired and handicapped, but in reality, these two worlds have very strong ties, especially at CAB, which is operated by the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped (CCABH).
Employing and/or providing services to over 500 disabled persons per year, CCABH operates its rehabilitation and manufacturing programs from two 50,000+ square foot work centers, which currently employ approximately 250 disabled individuals and 45 support-staff members. At these comprehensive facilities, disabled and handicapped clients are evaluated for their ability to carry out a variety of tasks, and, based upon the results of this "job sampling," are assigned to specific positions. These duties range from assembling food service kits and cutting fabric to fabricating and packaging cable supports and safety products.
CCABH's support doesn't end when they've coached their clients in different tasks and provided them with gainful employment. Program members also receive work adjustment training, which helps them to prepare for, and cope with, the challenges and expectations that they're most likely to experience in their new vocational settings. In addition, participants learn how to complete banking transactions, budget their money, and comparison shop during social-orientation outings that include dinners, shopping trips, and tours. And once clients are settled into their new occupations, CCABH continues to support them and track their progress through individual, group, and family counseling programs.
Which Products Help to Support CCABH?
To learn more about the life-changing work being done by the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped (CCABH), please visit their website, which offers a detailed history of the organization, as well as information on every segment of their program, including manufacturing and client services.
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