Employment Services is designed to help individuals with disabilities find competitive employment opportunities. Our Employment Specialists will schedule time with each individual to understand their career goals and develop an individualized career plan. Depending on their needs, the Employment Specialist will assist with job applications, resume development and interviewing skills. Our Employment Specialists have built many relationships with Employers in their respective communities and will work to find the perfect job match for each individual.
Pre-placement Training is an optional service that may be delivered in conjunction with providing other Employment Services. This training is formal, structured, interactive, and is completed prior to job placement. Training includes, resume writing; instruction on interviewing skills; searching for and applying for jobs online; finding and completing job applications; managing Employer initial contacts; handling conflicts; navigating public transportation; and review of Customer benefit, as needed.
Pre-Employment Youth Transition Services (14-21)
Job Exploration Counseling - Explores career path options that are best suited to your
skills, abilities, aptitudes, and interests.
Work Readiness Training – Focuses on employability and related skills that prepare you to work. Resume writing, mock interviews, searching for, and applying for jobs are covered as a part of this training.
Work-Based Learning Experiences – Provides practical, hands-on training for employability
skills. These experiences focus on practicing social skills and building relationships.
Self-Advocacy Training – Teaches you how to talk about your needs and make decisions about your own life to become more independent.
Discovery is the foundation of Customized Employment. Discovery replaces comparative/competitive assessments and other norm-referenced vocational evaluations or psychometric approaches. Discovery begins in the home and identifies resources, supports, and the residing or potential skills through a series of planned activities, interviews, and explorations. Discovery identifies crucial information for a vocational profile that includes evidence concerning the individual’s Vocational Themes and ideal conditions of employment.
Customized Employment is a strategy that provides individuals with significant barriers to employment with an alternative to traditional competitive employment placement strategies. It is based on a determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the job seeker and is also designed to meet the specific needs of the employer.
Supported Employment is a unique employment service for individuals with the most significant disabilities who require ongoing support services to succeed in competitive employment. Supported Employment includes job coaching that is often provided by and Employment Specialist after placement on the job. Supported Employment promotes social integration, productivity and maximum use of a person’s skills and abilities. Supported Employment may also include; arranging transportation, placement, training or retaining the supported worker.
ON THE JOB TRAINING (OJT)
On The Job Training is an opportunity for a person with a disability to develop the skills needed to realize their career goals. During OJT, the trainee interacts on a regular basis with Employees who do not have disabilities, holds a regular position, and is paid no less than minimum wage. OJT helps people with disabilities get used to the Employment environment while gaining valuable work experience.
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations (Adult & Youth)
The Vocational Evaluation is designed to determine a decision for career planning. The approach may consist of interviews, functional assessment, standardized tests, gathering, and analyzing background information. It is used to assess skills related to vocational planning.
Youth benefit from a well-defined evaluation process that assists them in making informed choices and achieving desired post-school employment outcomes. Evaluations include observations, interviews, record reviews, and testing/performance activities. Information from this process can be used to drive IEP and transition planning processes.
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance
The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program is to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to receive accurate information, and use that information to make a successful transition to work. Our WIPA practitioner’s goal is three-fold. We want you to become employed, stay employed, and advance in your employment, ultimately becoming self-sufficient and independent. To achieve this, your WIPA practitioner will act as your counselor, advocate and support system. We will work to help you understand your benefits and how returning to work will affect them so that you can make informed choices about your future.
Social Security's Ticket to Work Program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify, and the Ticket Program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. The Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentives allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational support and gain work experience. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you already qualify!