This program assists individuals with disabilities and special needs to explore their career interests while developing employment skills. We utilize an array of assessment tools and techniques to determine potential career fields in which, based on a job-seeker’s unique skills and abilities, a participant may be successful. In addition, we provide opportunities for participants to develop their job skills through an assortment of experiences and training.
To empower participants through exposure to a variety of career opportunities within their community in order to achieve independence, inclusion, and self-sustainability.
Assessment tools are utilized to gather information about the participant’s personality, career interests, skills, hobbies, and academic abilities. The results are discussed with the participant, and a personal vocational goal is created.
One-on-one and group sessions are conducted to provide education about the local labor market, including in-demand jobs and potential market growth. Tools for self-motivation and self-advocacy are provided and discussed.
Community-based work assessments allow the career exploration staff to evaluate how the participant performs in a work environment and identifies the participant’s preferences as related to the position. Additionally, through job shadowing, a participant may observe an employee with their desired job as they perform their daily tasks.
Participants are offered the opportunity to engage in practice interviews. This opens pathways for the career exploration coordinator to educate participants on interpersonal skills, self-advocacy, disability disclosure, and requesting accommodations.
Participants meet with a benefits counselor to discuss and understand the impact that paid employment may have on their disability benefits. This service allows participants to proceed with career goals without the fear of losing important resources.
These services assist participants to identify an ideal “job match” and pursue their career goals.
If you or an individual you know is interested in career exploration services, or would like to learn more about our Career Exploration program, please call our referral line at 855.215.4541
You can also check out our resource page to start exploring right away!
Last updated: May 14, 2020