Supported employment is our progressive approach to employing
people with disabilities. We match individuals to jobs based
on their personal dreams and desires, and provide employers
with the ongoing assistance they need to support people in the
employment of their choice. Our support may include training
(for both the individual and for coworkers and supervisors),
supervision, transportation, assistance with communication or
mobility, and other activities. Essentially, our supported employment
is a business partnership that includes individuals, supporting
organizations (for example, job developers and coaches, or training
organizations), and business.
Our supported employment differs from traditional job-service
approaches in several ways:
An Emphasis on Quality Employment.
The purpose of supported employment is to find work for people,
with all of the usual considerations of having a job: regular
and reasonable wages, good working conditions, job security,
and the emotional and social benefits of employment.
The focus is on providing not only the initial support required
to get a job, but also the ongoing support needed to make the
job work for the individual and the employer.
Job Placements, Not Just Preparation.
Emphasis is on creating opportunities to work and on placing
individuals in those jobs, rather than on training to get the
individual ready for a job sometime in the future.
Contact and relationships with people without disabilities,
and who are not paid caregivers, are important benefits of employment
for people with disabilities. Social interactions with coworkers,
supervisors, and others in the workplace are a natural way to
integrate people with disabilities into the community.
Variety and Flexibility.
Supported employment is more flexible than traditional sheltered
employment options. Flexibility comes from the wide range of
jobs in the community, the different skills and abilities of
individuals seeking employment, and the many ways of matching
people to jobs and providing support to them.
A Complete List of Our Services
- Vocational interests
- Vocational skills
- Barriers to employment
- Residential issues
- Transportation issues
- Knowledge of supports (family, friends, & paid assistants)
- Consultation regarding further service options
- Employment Skills
- Resume Creation Interviewing (video and one-on-one)
- Job Search Skills Dress for Success (including assistance
- Developing positive work traits
- Including developing relationships with local businesses
interested in hiring, training and providing
support for individuals .
Onsite Job Coaching
- Developing Natural Supports
- Developing Task Lists and Training Manuals with pictures
& job steps
- Training staff to assist employee to be productive