VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION DIV, Jacksonville
Supported Employment is a unique employment service for individuals with the most significant disabilities who require ongoing support services to succeed in competitive employment. VR funds Supported Employment in a variety of business environments for anyone requiring intensive employment supports, including initial placement and stabilization in the workplace. Supported Employment offers continuing assistance from an employment specialist to maintain long-term employment for individuals who have previously been unable to succeed in traditional employment.
Values of Supported Employment The following are the values that a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor uses when considering an individual for supported employment: Inclusion in the community Presumption that the individual will be able to work Placement in competitive employment Individualized plan development The support of family members, friends or coworkers Supported Employment: Is work for pay at the same rate as other employees Promotes social integration, productivity, and maximum use of a person's skills and abilities Takes place in an integrated work setting Assists individuals with developmental disabilities, severe and persistent mental illnesses, or other significant disabilities Includes job coaching that is often provided by an employment specialist after placement on the job Maintains support services to the worker for present and future employment needs Builds extended, ongoing supports with agencies and partners outside of VR to assist a person in maintaining employment Supports may include: arranging transportation, placement, training or retraining the supported worker, developing natural supports and assistive technology, if needed, to perform job duties.
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