Volunteer experience offers individuals with disabilities the chance to explore potential career choices, learn about workplace expectations and build marketable skills. This component of the program is known as PAVE (Providing Accessible Volunteer Experience). Volunteer opportunities include:
Greeting and escorting visitors
Interacting with children waiting for medical appointments
Providing office support
Distributing supplies and donated items
Transition from school to work
Student interns with disabilities from two Kansas City area school districts come to the hospital throughout the school year to gain work experience. School district staff staff members are available to assist hospital departments with training students. Children's Mercy is a host site for Project SEARCH, an intensive year-long program for high school students with disabilities. Students participate in classroom activities and internship rotations in three different hospital departments.
Services to current patients
Project RISE assists Children's Mercy patients preparing for transition to adulthood with employment-related resources, including connecting patients with community agencies that provide support for college, vocational training or a job search. Teen patients with disabilities may receive assistance with preparation of a resume, interview practice and the skills needed to complete a job application.
Benefits for employers
Learn more about the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities.