Supported employment (also known as job coaching) is designed to assist individuals with disabilities find and maintain competitive employment. Employment options are customer driven determined by the strengths and interests of each individual applicant. Services are designed to help promote job satisfaction and retention
An employment specialist seeks competitively paid job opportunities in the community that compliment the strengths and interests of the customer.
If a job applicant is unsure of their own individual strengths and job interests, a community based assessment can be recommended. A community based assessment allows the customer to attempt a variety of jobs within several job sites in the community. This assessment gives the customer exposure to different employment options that help with career decisions.
Once employed, a job coach is assigned to each individual to help facilitate learning, performing, and adjusting to the work environment. The job coach helps create specific work site accommodations and supports necessary for successful employment. Natural supports are established within the work environment to encourage independence.
If eligible, these services are typically free of charge to the customer. For eligible individuals, funding sources include the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, The Office of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (Adult Autism Waiver Services).