One of the most important components of independent living is gainful employment. People with disabilities want to work, and studies show that they are often more reliable and efficient than their fellow employees without disabilities. Yet, 65% of people with disabilities remain unemployed.
The Easterseals Workforce Development Program sees a decent job for a person with a disability as the cornerstone of self reliance and independence. We give support to people with disabilities, such as job coaching and transportation, so that their skills, not their disabilities, are the emphasis of their employability. We work with employers and employees to transcend workplace barriers and give people with disabilities the tools to maintain employment and advance their careers.
Successful employment can mean greater independence and bring pride in all that is accomplished.
Gaining employable skills through volunteer work and learning about community resources.
Individuals with disabilities over 62 years of age may be retired but still need that one-to-one support to access their community for everyday activities.
As of 9/1/16, Easterseals Workforce Development is relocating to 3100 Bucklin Hill Rd Ste. 116, Silverdale, WA 98383. This move places us in the same building as Easterseals Olympic Peninsula Autism Center and gives us room to grow and serve even more people throughout Kitsap County.
Congrats to Ashley Jackson, Easterseals Workforce Development Employment Specialist, on recently becoming a certified WorkStrides trainer through the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)! What is WorkStrides? It is a career development workshop created in the late 1990’s to assist DVR customers with disabilities as they navigate the DVR process. This highly interactive workshop helps DVR customers evaluate their strengths, values, personal qualities, barriers, self-esteem, and resiliency. Way to go Ashley!
The Easterseals Washington Workforce Development Program earned a 3-year accreditation last week from CARF International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s commitment and compliance with the CARF standards.
“It is a great honor to have our accreditation renewed by CARF; however, I am not surprised by this validation of our Workforce Development services,” said Cathy Bisaillon, President and CEO of Easterseals Washington. “We have turned the program on its head this past year by restructuring staff positions, establishing metrics, and focusing on individualized employment plans and outcomes for people with disabilities. Receiving the accreditation is another step in our process to provide the highest quality services that put people to work and help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.”
An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has undergone a rigorous application and validation process. Easterseals Washington Workforce Development Program has demonstrated to CARF its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
“It took a diligent team effort for Workforce Development to achieve the three-year CARF accreditation. I compliment all of the staff for this outstanding outcome.” said April Montgomery, Director of Workforce Development.
About CARF International and CARF Accreditation
CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to to quality improvement, and a focus on the unique needs of each person the provider serves. CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, and Opioid Treatment Programs. Learn more: http://www.carf.org/Accreditation/