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ICW Vocational Services, Inc. has supported adults with disabilities for 50 years.  Our story begins in September 1971 when the Indiana County Workshop opened its doors with one trainee.  A year later, May 1972, the Workshop and its fifteen trainees moved to 1200 School Street.  The Department of Welfare established guidelines in 1976 that resulted in the Workshop becoming licensed as a vocational-rehabilitation center offering job placement.  The name changed in 1977 to Indiana County Workshop, Incorporated.  In 1982, the Workshop operated at full capacity with a waiting list of trainees.  By 1992, the Workshop had outgrown the 1200 School Street location, moved to a much larger space located at 155 North 10th Street, and added a wide range of community integrated employment opportunities.  In 1995, the name changed to ICW Vocational Services, Inc.  Over the next few decades, ICW Vocational Services, Inc. expanded services based on the premise that every individual has the capacity to engage in lifelong learning; and should have access to unlimited opportunities in order to maximize their potential to obtain full inclusion in all aspects of life with dignity.   

 

Today, ICW Vocational Services, Inc. operates two facilities, both centrally located in Indiana, PA, and annually serves over 85 individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health diagnosis, and physical impairments from Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties. ICW Vocational Services, Inc. continuum of services include: Community Participation Supports Facility Based Programming, Community Participation Supports Community Based Programming, In-Home and Community Support, Small Group Employment, and Employment Services.

 

ICW Vocational Services, Inc. success is attributed to the dedication of our Board of Directors, staff, families/caregivers, other agencies, funding sources, community partners, and most of all our individuals.   We have had the privilege to teach, empower, and support individuals with disabilities for 50 years and are now looking forward to at least 50 more.