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Choosing an Employment Services Program

Workforce Development services helps an individual make informed choices in the selection of employment goals and objectives. Here are some questions you should ask when considering a program:

  • Is there a waiting list? (How long will it take to get into the program?)
  • Is the program accredited by a national organization? 
  • Does the staff have specific qualifications for their jobs? 
  • Does the staff treat the people they serve with dignity?
  • Does the client-to-staff ratio meet state standards (at a minimum)?
  • Does the program operate an "inclusive" environment? 
  • Are individuals trained for community placement using curriculum for community appointments? 
  • Is there an individual program plan (IPP) for each person and is it monitored?
  • Is the program and its activities person-centered with a focus on individual needs?
  • Is job acquisition achieved in a timely manner? 
  • Are people placed in jobs that match their skills?
  • Are people paid a competitive wage?
  • Are job supports available?
  • Does the program offer benefits counseling/management to assure your new job will not reduce your existing benefits in an unplanned way?
  • Is transportation available?
  • What are the costs?
  • Will Medicaid, state or private funding be available?
  • Are there written policies on fees and emergency procedures?
  • Is the staff trained in CPR and first aid?
  • Is the atmosphere warm, inviting and safe? 
  • Is there adequate space, furniture and equipment? 
  • Does the organization have an outcome measurement system?

Additional Resources

Building Skills to Find - and Keep - a Great Job
Meet your employment goals and gain financial independence by finding and keeping a great job. Easterseals’ job training and employment services can help you or someone you know with disabilities learn skills to successfully enter the workforce, or to return to work after an illness or injury. Our services include career exploration, learning how to conduct your own job search, job placement assistance, or job coaching on an actual job.

ADA Resources
Easterseals produces several audio and video tapes, posters, brochures, and other materials to assist employers, educators and others with implementation of accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Accessible Transportation
Easterseals Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities under the ADA and beyond. Visit this Web site for the latest information on accessible transportation for people with disabilities.

Employment in Agriculture and Rural Communities
The AgrAbility Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. The project  provides practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living.

Easterseals can help you determine what might work for you in reaching your employment goals.Contact Easterseals to learn more about our Workforce Development services in your area.

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