Supported Employment provides assistance to people with disabilities including individualized job development and specialized job training. Supported Employment services provide the individual with disabilities the opportunity to earn living wages and other employment benefits, develop new skills, increase community participation, and increase self-esteem, empowerment and quality of life. Through this programming Easterseals TN increases the opportunities of acceptance, participation and inclusion for individuals with disabilites. Our customized employment has gained jobs for our special population that includes work at local business, such as restaurants and hardware stores. In addition, Easterseals Tennessee offers jobs through:
Easterseals Tennessee (ESTN) subcontracts with Community Rehabilitation Agencies of Tennessee (CMRA) to provide janitorial services at state and military locations in Nashville, Smyrna, Lebanon, Carthage, Smithville and Jackson. ESTN also operates rest areas in Benton, Dickson, Grundy and Marion Counties on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Transportation through subcontracts with CMRA. These maintenance and rest area contracts allow us to further our mission of providing jobs for individuals with disabilities, as at least 51% of the employees working these contracts have a disability.
As a provider of the State of Tennessee-ECF CHOICES program, Easterseals Tennessee has a greater opportunity to serve those with special needs in acquring and placing them in jobs. In addition, ESTN helps find a job that is a good fit for things our individual supported likes and is good at. Easterseals Tennessee provides job coaches to guide them and teach them "on the job training" so they keep their jobs. Individuals in our special population are given the opportunity to earn living wages that include employment benefits. Through a new CHOICES program, called Benefits Counseling, we also assists our individuals supported and their families in understanding how the money they earn from working will impact other benefits they receive.
Individuals that attend the Easterseals Day Center in Lexington, TN have the opportunity to participate in piece work. This work provides our specail population with a unique opportunity to feel a sense of accomplishment and earn extra income.