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    CoSpire!

    Social Cooperative Project at CIDA with Young Adults developmental disabilities.

    CIDA has developed a unique workforce inclusion project based on a Social Cooperative model to deliver social and human services as well as create employment opportunities for people who are unemployed. The social cooperative at CIDA develops work opportunities for people with disabilities through business projects, internships, and seasonal employment supported by multi-stakeholders. Training and development processes emphasize self-determination and a person-centered approach.

    Recently, the participants of this project launched their own business brand called CoSpire. CoSpire members receive work readiness and capacity building training while they engage in a thrift shop business and field internship opportunities in collaboration with local businesses.

    CIDA also provides family support and employer training to inform the community about laws and policies related to inclusion and accommodation at workplaces.

    For more information, please visit www.cospireny.com

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