Supported Employment 

What is Supported Employment?

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



Supported Employment goals
  • Paid employment with opportunities for employment related benefits

  • Career Development

  • Person centered planning

  • Skill enhancement and development

  • Social and economic inclusion

  • Increase consumer empowerment

  • Promoting choice, independence, self determination and decision making

  • Partnerships between individuals, families, employers and the community

  • Referral to other organizations including supported education


Individual Advocacy 

We provide advocacy support to people regarding their employment. This could mean connecting you with resources in your community or standing by your side as you advocate for the services you need.


Public Awareness

Through a variety of campaigns and initiatives, we are working to change public attitudes to make our communities more inclusive. 



What is customized employment?

Customized employment is a non-traditional form of job creation. Many employers have tasks that they would like performed, however, they find that they must either attach these tasks to existing positions, or go without having the tasks performed altogether. By customizing a position, designed to meet the needs of both the employer and employee, new efficiencies can be implemented in the workplace.

Services for Employers
  • All services are free of charge

  • Attract, recruit and retain key talent for their workplace

  • Support during in the hiring and training process

  • Training supports

  • Follow up support or re-training as necessary

  • Disability awareness training for current employees

Services for Program Participants
  • All services are free of charge

  • Person centered planning

  • Career counseling

  • Assistance with individualized, active job search

  • Coaching and counseling in job search techniques, workplace values, and communication

  • Resume building, Interview skills, employment related skill building

  • Job development

  • Individualized, on-the-job training to support participants in meeting the employer’s job performance expectations

  • Follow-up support to ensure long-term success

  • Retraining as necessary

  • Referrals to other community agencies

  • Personal advocacy for employment related matters