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By federal definition, supported employment is paid employment, in an integrated setting, with on-going support provided over the long-term.
Sometimes job coaches are available. A job coach is a person, usually supplied by an agency that provides specialized on-site training to employees. A job coach will help an employee to learn to perform his/her job accurately, efficiently and safely.
In many cases, the job coach may also help the employee get to know his/her work environment better.
What do Job Coaches do?
Typical job choach duties include:
- Assisting a person to develop a list of interests and potential skills
- Analyze jobs at work sites in order to match people with the right type of positions
- Provides one-on-one training on a job site
- Provides job retention services to employers and people with disabilities
The job coach's level of involvement with the employee should decrease over time - as the employee masters the requirements of the position, the job coach will then contact the employee and supervisor on an as-needed basis.
Below is a listing of local agencies that provide Supported Employement Services.
Please call these agencies to talk with them about your employment hopes and dreams!