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Supported Employment

Lynne Funcheon – Director
Nick Roerig, Vocational Rehabilitation

Supported E mployment facilitates competitive work in integrated work settings for individuals with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury), for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred, and who, because of the nature and severity of his or her disability, needs ongoing support services in order to perform a job. Supported E mployment provides assistance such as job coaches, transportation, assistive technology, specialized job training, and individually tailored supervision.

Supported E mployment is a way to move people from dependence on a service- delivery system to independence via competitive employment. Recent studies indicate that the provision of on-going support services for people with severe disabilities significantly increases their rates for employment retention. Supported employment encourages people to work within their communities and encourages work, social interaction, and integration.

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