Community Work Adjustment/On-the-Job Training

Community Work Adjustment Training (CWAT)/On-the-Job Training (OJT) is an opportunity for an employer to mentor a person with a disability, helping them develop the skills needed to realize their career goals. Community Work adjustment takes place at a work site that is integrated into the community. Instruction/feedback is provided by a supervisor to assist the client in developing or re-establishing acceptable work habits and behaviors in order to obtain and/or retain competitive integrated employment. Easterseals is responsible for paying the trainee directly an amount equal to the minimum wage per hour and is covered under Workser's Compensation Insurance. 

Benefits to the Trainee:

  • Mobilizing energies toward building tolerances and meeting the entry level demands of the competitive labor market through a learning, earning, and experiencing process.
  • Individuals participating in CWAT/OJT have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their abilities, allowing them to concentrate on long term employment as a realistic goal.
  • Individuals will gain job skills and training, occupational awareness, knowledge of appropriate work habits and attitudes, and self-esteem.
Benefits to the Employer:
  • Employers participating in On-the-Job Training have the opportunity to see if the job and their business are a good fit for the individual.
  • Reimbursement for the individual's training salary is paid by Easterseals.
  • Support services include but are not limited to uniforms, tools, bus passes and training support by trained job coaches.
  • Job site assessments and any needed accommodations.
  • Federal tax credits may be available to those who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions.
  • Fulfill your 503 obligations if you are a federal contractor. 


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