Employees with developmental disabilities have great attendance, are hardworking, loyal employees who are likely to stay in the job long term.
Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
There are ten skill areas, which include:
- Self-Care – bathing, dressing, grooming, and feeding one's self;
- Communication Skills – understanding and using verbal and nonverbal language;
- Self-Direction – problem solving, exercising choice, initiating and planning activities;
- Social Skills – maintaining interpersonal relationships, understanding emotions and social cues, understanding fairness and honesty, obeying rules and laws;
- Leisure Skills – taking responsibility for one's own activities, having the ability to participate in the community;
- Home or School Living – housekeeping, cooking, doing laundry, maintaining living space;
- Functional Academics – using reading, writing, and math skills in everyday life;
- Community Use – shopping, using public transportation, using community services;
- Work – ability to maintain part-time or full-time employment, either competitive or sheltered, ability to work under supervision, cooperate with coworkers, be reliable and punctual, and meet work standards, and;
- Health and Safety – ability to protect one's self, responding to health problems.