October 1, 2019
When someone loves their job, it shows in the quality of work they provide. This is certainly the case for two of Easterseals stellar supported employees, Mikayla and Angelina, who are demonstrating the value of hiring a person with a disability at their job at Grotto Pizza.
“I think the Supported Employment program is really beneficial for the employees and the restaurant,” Anthony Brown, assistant manager at Grotto Pizza. “Mikayla and Angelina do a really great job. They have a great attitude and really help the servers. They are both reliable employees who come in and go straight to work.”
Mikayla and Angelina have multiple job responsibilities at Grotto Pizza and enjoy the work they do. Their work is valued at Grotto Pizza and everyone really enjoys working with them. They are prime examples of why local businesses should consider hiring an individual with a disability, according to Jane Schuler, who directs the employment program at Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
“The employees that work in our Supported Employment program work hard and are dedicated to their job,” Jane Schuler, Intellectual Disabilities Employment Director for Easterseals, said. “Both individuals and their employers receive on-going assistance and training that result in much lower turnover. The average length of employment for individuals in Easterseals Supported Employment is eight years. Many of these individuals are in entry level or high turnover positions, so the benefit to those employers is clear!”
Easterseals recognizes Supported Employment month and celebrates all of the hard working participants, like Mikayla and Angelina, who are involved in the Supported Employment program. Easterseals Supported Employment gives adults with intellectual disabilities, including autism, the choice to experience the community through individualized employment. The program matches participants with jobs in local businesses so they can earn competitive wages with the assistance of job coaching and training. Once trained in their position, participants work on their own in order to gain more independence. Ongoing supports are provided by Easterseals to help participants be successful in the job. Currently, Easterseals works with more than 60 businesses statewide supporting more than 80 individuals with disabilities in competitive employment.
Easterseals is currently seeking businesses in the MOT area who would be interested in exploring employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. To learn more about how Easterseals can help you find the perfect employee for your business, call Jane Schuler at 302-324-4444.
For 100 years nationally, Easterseals has served as an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families. Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how your local Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.