The Department of Labor reports that only 19.8% of people with disabilities are part of the U.S. workforce. Easterseals Midwest provides an individualized approach to developing the skills, confidence, and real-world experience necessary to find and keep a job. With a variety of programs and services to choose from, we prepare each individual for a successful workplace experience.
Our offer meaningful Employment Services include volunteer opportunities, job-skills development, and teen employment programs. Employment Services are available in Kansas City and St. Louis (services vary by location).
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Our program focuses on developing independence, social skills, and self-advocacy in order to help people with disabilities live successfully in their community. Whether ordering food at a restaurant, making a purchase, volunteering, or enjoying a community activity or event, our specialists focus on using real-life experiences as an opportunity for growth.
This program provides one-on-one learning and group experiences to prepare individuals for community employment and/or volunteering in their community. Pre-Employment programs are only available in Eastern Missouri
Pre-Vocational Training: Our staff members can assist with the following pre-vocational needs: resume-writing, developing interview skills, money-handling, and transportation access.
Project SEARCH: Over nine months, young adults will develop important work skills within a community business. They will learn through classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on internships. Project SEARCH supports and prepares each participant to become successfully employed.
Teen Transition Services: We offer special summer employment programs just for young adults. We provide high school students with disabilities with paid, work-based learning experiences in community businesses. Participants receive job coaching and employment skills training.
Supported employment services help people with disabilities find and keep a job in community businesses. Our trained staff assist participants with career planning, discovery, and exploration, job development, job coaching, and retention services. Easterseals is committed to working with each individual to find a job that meets their expectations and fits their skills, abilities, and interests.
Career Exploration and Discovery: Through instruction and assessment, we support individuals as they explore their abilities and areas of interest.
Job Placement Services: For adults who are ready to enter the workforce, we offer assistance and support with career planning, job development, job coaching, and retention services. We are committed to working with each individual to find a job that fits their skills, abilities, and interests.
On-the-Job Support Services: Once employed, individuals and their employers will continue to receive support, such as coaching, retention support, and disability and diversity-awareness training sessions.
Individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, who are looking to enter the workforce may need support to be successful. For this time of transition, we offer our unique service Family Navigation. Our team of experienced members will create a tailored plan to meet the individual's needs and enable them to reach their maximum potential.
These service are available in the following regions:
• Eastern Missouri
• Northwest Missouri
Please note that not all programs are available in each area. Please contact your regional office for a complete list of services offered in your region. For a full list of our offices, please visit our Locations page.