What is Supported Employment?

Supported Employment assists people with barriers and disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain competitive employment in our community. It is an individualized and person centered approach to employment.

 

It begins with getting to know a client, their learning styles, work interests and transferable skills through the intake process, interactions and other discovery tools. It involves building trust and a partnership with the client and at times, parents.

 

Supported Employment involves supporting individuals in developing essential skills for the workplace including but not limited to resumes, employer expectations, workplace culture, communication and educational skills.

 

Continual support is provided as needed or as goals and/or expectations change in the workplace.

 

Supported employment helps both clients and employers, create mutually beneficial placements and ensure a positive, supportive workplace environment.

 

Supported employment is a valuable partner for employers to help diversify the workplace.