Every individual served has the chance to develop a daily activity pattern that is consistent with their passions, interests, and abilities. The Supported Employment model is designed to provide the individual with the necessary support, tools and guidance to obtain and maintain competitive employment in the community. Initial job development helps find the best vocational match for the person’s strengths, and once placed in a job, job coaching helps develop the strategies needed for success. Job Coaching fades into follow-along services which provide support for job retention.
The following specific vocational services are provided:
- Job Development/Placement: Vocational specialists utilize the results of the NeuroFunctional transdiciplinary team assessment to assist the client in searching for jobs that are within their interest and ability areas, and helps prepare individuals for job interviews until the person is offered a job in a community integrated setting.
- Job Coaching: Vocational Specialists provide brain injury rehabilitation-specific job coaching, developing strategies to support the individual’s successful performance of the job, working with the employer to provide reasonable job accommodations, and slowly fading their physical presence.
- Job Follow-Along Services: Vocational Specialists provide on-going support to the employer, the employee and the Family/Support System, consisting of monthly on-site job visits and monthly telephone contacts, designed to assure successful utilization of strategies, develop new strategies when needed, and to assure job retention.
- Volunteer Jobs in the Community: Volunteering in the community may be done either as a life-long activity pattern, in conjunction with other vocational options, or as a time limited Work Trial to determine if an individual likes and is good at, a particular type of work, in order to pursue it further for Competitive Employment. Volunteer placements may be arranged in community settings such as schools, public libraries, nature centers, religious organizations, or other non-profit organizations having a formal volunteer structure. Coaching may be offered to develop strategies and assure success of the person in their work.
- Transitional/Extended Employment: Work-Stations-In-Industry jobs support individuals in transition by providing training, experience and development of necessary job-ready skills, paving the way for success in integrated competitive employment. Higher-level community based placements are offered as an additional transitional step. Extended Employment is offered in our licensed facility-based industrial setting as individuals gain skills necessary for placement in higher level vocational placements while utilizing their existing abilities to earn wages.