Services for Job Seekers

We take pride in the wide range of services we provide for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially ongoing job supports.  Each services is briefly explained below.  Most services are through our partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) – for more information about VR and the services they provide, click here.

Discovery Profile Services:

A comprehensive and person-centered employment planning support service to better inform an individual seeking Individual Integrated Employment and develop a Discovery Profile.

Discovery is a service an individual may use when he or she has determined that he or she wants to actively pursue a job in an individual integrated employment setting within the coming year but the individual or job developer may require further information to determine the career or work environment in which the individual would be most successful.

Discovery is intended to be a precursor to inform and effectively utilize VR Job Development, although Discovery is not a prerequisite to VR Job Development.

Discovery includes a series of work or volunteer related activities to inform the individual and the Job Developer about individual’s strengths, interests, abilities, skills, experiences, and support needs, as well as identify the conditions or employment settings in which the individual will be successful.

Ideally, the Discovery plan will assess 3 possible work avenues.

 

 Job Development:

The expected outcome of Job Development is sustained paid employment, at or above the minimum wage, and in an integrated setting in the general workforce, in a job that meets personal and career goals. Job Development includes support to obtain a job in an integrated employment setting in the general workforce, including:

Compensation at or above the minimum wage, but ideally not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities.

Support to an individual in an individualized job an in integrated setting who is not earning at least minimum wage and who needs a different job or position to earn at least minimum wage.

 

Workplace Assessment:

This is an assessment that takes place at a community business and is set to imitate an actual work schedule and job.  It spans over approximately one month and in the end, the employer of the company weighs in in an assessment of skills and if the employee is hirable.  This is an unpaid assessment.


Job Carving:

Tailoring a job to fit the individual’s skill set.  This could include making a specific schedule, fulfilling a need in the business that is not met, or breaking out a couple tasks from a job that would be a strength for the job seeker.

 

Job Coaching:

Includes the time when the individual begins a new job. This may include learning a new job and developing communication with supervisors and co-workers. Some examples of this support include:

        • Coordinating with others who support the person with services such as behavioral, medical, or other supports.

        • Assisting the employee to develop work appropriate relationships with supervisors and co-workers.

        • Collaborating with the employee and the employer to develop natural supports.

 

Job Placement:

Having a successful placement of hiring the individual with the goal of creating lasting employment.

 

Ongoing Supports:

Supporting the individual after they are employed and ensuring that both the job seeker and the employer are satisfied with the placement.  The ongoing supports include but are not limited to:

        • Shadowing the individual with the job to ensure that they are staying on task and meeting workplace expectations.

        • Facilitating any additional training needed to complete tasks and build skills.

        • Support communication between the employee and employer.

        • Follow up with individual to problem solve if needed.

        • Support maintaining positive relationships with coworkers.