Day Service Option (dso)

Our DSO program is very active and innovative. We offer a wide variety of activities on a daily and weekly basis.

Some of which include:

  • Arts enrichment

  • Community engagement

  • Goals for increased ADL skills

  • Recreation

  • Music therapy

  • Community volunteerism

  • Health & wellness training

  • Culinary classes

  • Sensory stimulation

  • Vocational training

  • A Bowling league

  • Brain Gym

  • Story exploration

Since taking over all of our buildings we have established a state of the art Vocational Skills building area within the DSO program. This model allows individuals to gain a deeper understanding of complete skill sets. For example, in our Culinary program they don't just learn how to cook, but rather how to enhance all of the skills needed to plan, shop, create a meal, wait on customers, take payments, & clean up after the meal.

We have seen major improvements in independence & behavior decreases in our individuals once they began this program. It is a great stepping stone for those individuals that are independent but still need step by step instructions & individualized training to see success at the tasks. Ultimately our goal is for each person to discover their maximum independence level as they progress on. We aim to have individuals grow into other employment models & eventually are employed in their own job within their communities.

The Vocational Tasks that our DSO program can offer individuals:

The program grows with the attendees & curriculum is continuously being added to enhance the program & challenge the participants.

  • Culinary

  • Warehouse training

  • Assembly

  • Office skills

  • Custodial

  • Floral design

  • Hospitality through task boxes

  • Hands-on and educational training

  • Volunteering in community based activities

These modules offer individuals who desire to make minimum wage, but need to enhance their skill set, the opportunity to succeed. We offer a variety of vocational training modules to increase skill level, work productivity, and decrease work error.

Group Supported Employment (GSE)

We have several production businesses within Opportunity Works Connecticut:

  • Wood working shop - Producing bird houses, feeders, cork creations, & items made with recycled or donated materials

  • Jewelry line “Refined Designs” - Jewelry production & creativity

  • Greeting Card creations - A fully equipped stamping workshop

  • Crafting areas that use donated or recycled items to create home decor, games, decorative art & much more

In these areas our individuals create spectacular hand crafted items for sale in our store, The Gifts of OWC, and out in the community at various locations about 3-4 times a week.  Out in the community our individuals get to see the items they created sell, the ultimate reward for a job well done. The following two departments involve community integration with working @ OWC.

  • Shredding - machines that we use to destroy documents for a variety of customers.

    In this department we confidentially shred documents for businesses or private citizens.  We offer a certificate of destruction.

    You can drop off at our address and we will weigh it or we can come to you and pick it up.  No job too small or large!  

    We can set up scheduled pick-ups for those businesses wanting ongoing services and/ or we can provide locking containers upon contract.  For further information contact Stacey Dean Development Director at 860-454-4016 X125

  • Bottle & Can redemption center

These businesses individuals work on tasks that include: item pick up in community, sorting, shredding, weighing, counting, invoice prep, and clean-up. 

We also have small group employment options - individuals are employed by businesses out in the community doing a variety of tasks: landscaping, janitorial work, delivery, assembly and even a vehicle that goes to businesses and details their leased vehicles inside & out. 

The dollars earned from these business models are used to pay our individuals minimum wage for their work.  The state does not pay the individuals salaries.  Next year we have budgeted to pay over $210,000 in payroll to the individuals that we support!

Individual Employment Supports (SEI)

OWC will assist you to achieve gainful employment and staff will assist individuals to maintain gainful employment.  We will provide supports for career planning, training, job skills, soft skills, assisting with employer issues, employee relations and more.

Everyone can obtain a job within the community some just need more assistance than others. This process is very person-centered & has different meanings for different people. We will work with our individuals to customize a path to employment in their community or assist them in developing a self-employment plan of their own.



• Company hires individual
• Tax Credit

You will receive a potential tax credit from the IRS! Adults with disabilities are highly committed resulting in a higher retention rate which can reduce the high cost turnover. 


• Group of 3 individuals and job coach
• You pay OWC not the individual

OWC Workers’ Compensation Insurance, and transportation to and from the worksite are provided for all crew members.  Another Perk of hiring an OWC crew is a free job coach that will be provided to assist with training and support at no cost to you! You will be charged one flat rate per hour which, includes all employee expenses.


• Short term or long term
• You pay OWC not the individual

All temporary work crews are accompanied by an employment job coach, trained in responding to the unique production needs of your company. Avoid the hassle of placing short term employees on your payroll by allowing us to charge one flat rate per hour. 

Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities

Businesses accommodating people with disabilities may qualify for some of the following tax credits and deductions. More detailed information may be found in the IRS publications referenced.

Disabled Access Credit

The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities. An eligible small business is one that earned $1 million or less or had no more than 30 full time employees in the previous year; they may take the credit each and every year they incur access expenditures. Refer to Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit (PDF), for information about eligible expenditures.

Barrier Removal Tax Deduction

The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses for items that normally must be capitalized. Businesses claim the deduction by listing it as a separate expense on their income tax return. Also, businesses may use the Disabled Tax Credit and the architectural/transportation tax deduction together in the same tax year, if the expenses meet the requirements of both sections. To use both, the deduction is equal to the difference between the total expenditures and the amount of the credit claimed.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The  credit provides employers incentives to hire qualified individuals from these target groups.  The maximum tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired and the length of employment.The credit is available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. This includes people with disabilities and veterans

For more information on claiming this credit, go to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit page and the changes to the credit from the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). Get the latest information about Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit, and its instructions, and Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit.

Additional information about these business topics concerning accommodations for individuals with disabilities are in:

There is also a wide array of tax benefits available to persons with disabilities, ranging from standard deductions and exemptions to business and itemized deductions to credits. Information about these issues is in Publication 3966, Living and Working with Disabilities.