Supported Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

PamIf you experience disabilities, and want to work, we’re here to help. We can provide an array of supports and consultation so you achieve your employment goals. We believe everyone is employable, and has a unique contribution to make, through work!

  • Do you have a ‘dream job’ in mind? Let’s see if we can help you achieve it
  • Are you not sure what you want in a job? We can help you with ideas
  • Do you lack experience, or you’ve not worked before? That’s ok, let’s try to get you that first job
We can provide initial consultation on which services you may be eligible for. Depending on your individual situation, our services and supports may include some or all of the following:

✓ Your own Employment Specialist from our team, who will work with you one to one, to accomplish your goals.
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Discovery: Exploring your interests through assessment, job trials via volunteer opportunities, and other community based experiences that lead to the right job match.

Person Centered Planning helps you create a specific plan for your career path. This plan, with measurable goals and action steps, guides our service to you.

✓ Help updating, or creating tools to support your job search, such as a resume, or a portfolio (like an extended visual, descriptive resume with pictures) which meets your unique needs.

✓ Individualized Job Development support to find you the best job match, which can include placement into current open jobs, or customized opportunities developed in partnership with businesses.

✓ Support to retain your job. Assisting you in learning new tasks, communicating with your employer, helping solve work related problems and consulting with your employer about growth opportunities within the business.

✓ We can provide you with information about Benefits Planning, so you understand the effect working will have on benefits you receive, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The good news? You can usually work a lot, while maintaining your eligibility.

Who do we work with?

We work with funding through counties, and the Developmental Disabilities Administration(DDA) of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for Supported Employment services.
We work with funding from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), also part of DSHS, and the Department of Services for the Blind.
We work with certain School Districts, serving students in Transition from High School to the world of work.
We can work with Private Pay agreements to support you as well.

If you have reached retirement age, or have decided to not pursue employment, and you want to stay connected to your community, develop community skills and participate in community activities that build relationships with others – Community Access services may be available to you. Contact your DDA Case / Resource Manager to see if you qualify. Note, these services are not currently provided in all of our areas.
Contact us to learn more, and see if we can be of service to you. If we can’t we’ll do our best to refer you to someone who can!

These services are provided in Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Grant, Walla Walla/Columbia, and Benton/Franklin Counties.

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