What is Supported Employment?

Supported employment is a type of employment service that provides ongoing support to individuals with disabilities to help them obtain and maintain competitive employment. The goal of supported employment is to help individuals with disabilities become as independent as possible in their work setting, while also providing the necessary support to enable them to be successful.

The support provided through supported employment can vary depending on the individual's needs, but it may include:

• Job coaching or mentoring to teach job-related skills and help the individual learn the expectations of their employer

• Assistance with job searching and application process

• On-the-job training and support

• Assistance with communication and accommodations

• Help with transportation to and from work

• Follow-up services to ensure job satisfaction and stability

Supported employment services are typically provided by government agencies, non-profit organizations, and vocational rehabilitation services. Services may be provided in the individual's community, in a group setting, or in a center-based setting.

It's important to note that Supported Employment is different from Sheltered employment, in which individuals with disabilities work in a separate, protected environment and are not integrated into the general workforce.

Who is Supported Employment for?

Supported employment is typically for individuals with disabilities who are seeking competitive employment in the general workforce. This includes individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities. The eligibility and specific offerings of supported employment can vary depending on the location and organization providing the service. Some supported employment programs may have specific requirements for participation, such as a certain level of cognitive function or functional abilities. Supported employment can be beneficial for people who have difficulty finding and keeping employment due to their disabilities and need additional support to be successful in the workforce.

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What is Community and Career Solutions?

Community and Career Solutions is a nonprofit disability employment service empowering people with the knowledge, connections and confidence required to embark on a new sustainable career. We are partnered with The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and the American Dream Employment Network. Our company is structured as an all inclusive integrated service offering adult employment services, youth programs, employability trainings, paid work experience, and a variety of assessments. Our services enhance a person’s ability to successfully achieve independence by establishing a lifelong career. We exist to encourage and enhance opportunities for every person willing to work and promote inclusion and diversity through employment.

What are Employment Services?

Employment services are programs and services that help individuals with disabilities, and other barriers to employment, to find and maintain employment. These services can include a wide range of supports and activities, such as:

• Job placement assistance: helping individuals to find and apply for jobs that match their skills, interests, and abilities.

• Job coaching and on-the-job training: providing individualized support and training to help individuals succeed in their jobs.

• Work readiness training: helping individuals to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce.

• Vocational evaluations: assessing an individual's abilities, skills, interests, and needs in relation to their potential for employment or career development

• Self-advocacy: empowering individuals to take control of their own lives, to make their own decisions, and to speak up for themselves when they need support or assistance.

• Peer mentoring: pairing individuals with someone who has similar experiences or is facing similar challenges, to provide guidance, support, and advice.

• Supported employment: a service delivery model that provides ongoing support to individuals with disabilities to help them to find, maintain and advance in competitive employment.

These services can be provided by a variety of organizations such as vocational rehabilitation agencies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and employers. They can be provided in a variety of settings such as schools, universities, workplaces, and community organizations.

Employment services are designed to help individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, to find and maintain employment. They can provide individuals with the support and resources they need to succeed in the workforce and improve their overall quality of life.

Who are Employment Services for?

Employment services are intended for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, who are seeking to find and maintain employment. These services can help individuals with a wide range of disabilities, such as physical, intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities. They can also be beneficial for individuals who have been out of work for an extended period of time, or those who are seeking to change careers.

Individuals who face barriers to employment, such as lack of education or job experience, language barriers, and criminal records can also benefit from these services.

These services can be beneficial for people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, who are looking for support and assistance to find and maintain employment. They can provide individuals with the support and resources they need to succeed in the workforce and improve their overall quality of life.

In summary, employment services are intended for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, who are seeking to find and maintain employment. These services can help individuals with a wide range of disabilities, who face barriers to employment, and who are looking for support and assistance to find and maintain employment.