Career Development Services (CDS) is an agency governed by the Trail Association for Community Living, a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951.
What we do
Since 1989, CDS staff have supported individuals with significant barriers in the Greater Trail communities to find employment that respects their abilities and interests. In finding work placements for our clients, we also help employers create more diverse and richer workplaces. Basically, we bring clients and business partners together to provide mutual benefit while enriching lives, workplaces and communities in the Kootenays.
How we help
CDS is where adults with disabilities learn to take pride in a job well done, and where local businesses find their most dedicated employees.
CDS provides job placement, job coaching and community involvement for adults with a broad range of physical and developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions and youth-in-crisis. From individuals who can work and live independently to those who require supervision and ongoing coaching, we have work opportunities and programs that match our clients’ capabilities and interests.
In addition to building strong employer relationships, CDS staff are active in the community working with other agencies to identify needs and gaps in services in order to build a better community of supports for the individuals we serve.
The mission of Career Development Services is two fold:
- To provide meaningful work and employment opportunities to people with disabilities, enabling them to reach their full potential in a least restrictive environment that maximizes their independence.
- To advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities in the community, leading to changed perceptions and a focus on our clients’ abilities.
One Community … Creating Opportunity