GiGiPREP: EmployAble – Our new employment prep program!

We are excited to share with you EmployAble! A GiGi’s San Diego new employment prep program.

What is EmployAble?The EmployAble program is designed to prepare adults with Down syndrome for employment opportunities and/or professional settings. This program will be led by Valerie Schlieder, a doctoral of Occupational Therapy student who is focusing her studies on promoting inclusive employment opportunities for adults with Down syndrome. This program is designed to introduce adults with DS to various employment opportunities while developing appropriate skills for professionalism, communication, time management, and more. The EmployAble program will take a strengths-based approach and will encourage participants to explore job interests of their choice.About the programAdults have been meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays to prepare them for interviews that will be held the week before and week after the program.This program is lead by Valerie Schlieder, who is getting her occupational therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. She has worked for “The Lucky Few”, a non-profit organization focused on DS advocacy. She loves going on walks, the beach, skiing, and online shopping!
“I’m excited to work with people with DS to empower them to live meaningful lives!” – Valerie S.

We are so grateful to share this program with our adult participants!!

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  1. johanson.pam on April 24, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Will you be offering this program this summer?

    Pamela Johanson

    • Denise Montero on April 25, 2022 at 11:40 am

      Hello Pamela-

      We don’t know yet when we could offer this program again. Please stay tuned for our email announcements.


  2. Vincent Duve’ / Sue Bugos on October 13, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Are there any adult programs for our guys coming up , for Halloween or current social group meet ups?

    • Denise Montero on October 14, 2022 at 11:45 am


      Yes, we have Fantastic Friends (18+) this coming Friday, Oct/21. And we will have our Fall Fest Fun for all of our families on Saturday, Oct/29 from 11am-2pm. You can register for both below:


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