What is Supported Employment?
Supported Employment provides persons with developmental disabilities equal opportunity to find meaningful and rewarding employment. Given the nature of supported employment, it is very individual-based, and therefore much consideration is given to an individual's abilities and strengths as well as their personal interests.
How does it work?
When the strengths and interests of a supported employee are identified, the employment team then begins the job search and job match process by approaching suitable potential employers on their behalf.
The employer is responsible for paying the wages of the supported employee (either part-time or full-time) and A.E.I. can provide, if required, a co-worker to work one-on-one with the supported employee at NO COST to the employer. The role of the co-worker is to train and assist the supported employee utilizing skill building techniques to the point where he/she can perform the duties and responsibilities of the job independently. The level of support can eventually be reduced as the supported employee progresses.
The two people that benefit are the Supported Employee and the Employer. Here's how:
Supported Employee: What is often found is when a person with a disability works for a period of time at a job that he/she truly enjoys, the benefits reach far beyond financial security. Working with others in a job placement also stimulates surprising growth in social skills and self-esteem.
Employer: Employers benefit by gaining a hard working, dedicated employee. What is quite often heard from employers across the province is that supported employees have lower levels of absenteeism, are more likely not to take their work for granted and more often, they are very thankful to be given the opportunity to prove their abilities and expand their skills.