Supported Employment

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Image of person cleaning a mirrorSupported Employment (SE) is a vocational service for people with intellectual developmental disabilities who want to work independently within their community.

Within the Supported Employment program, each participant is assigned a job coach to help them find a job that they will enjoy and can be successful in.

The job coach assists with filling out applications and developing interviewing skills as well as providing individual training on the job. During on-the-job training, the job coach is not only working with the participant to master the job duties, but they are also helping to foster coworker relationships and support systems within the work environment.

As the participant becomes more independent on the job, the job coach’s assistance fades until the job is performed independently and accurately by the employee.

Long term vocational support services are then available to maintain contact with both the employee and the employer to help ensure an ongoing successful working relationship.

Sometimes a person may need more supervision and support in order to work successfully in the community.

Person Industries contracts with area businesses to provide cleaning services, confidential shredding, recycling, as well as production work crews that are supervised by Person Industries’ staff at various local company worksites.

These positions are limited, but there are openings periodically due to work expansion, development of new contracts, or employee turnover. A waiting list is maintained to offer a pool of candidates interested in supervised group employment opportunities that arise.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Documented I/DD diagnosis
  • At least 18 years
  • A desire to work independently in the community
  • Residency in Person County, although residents of other counties may be served when space allows
  • Legal resident of US