The Center for Community Partnerships Integrated Employment Services
We collaborate with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to provide comprehensive, individualized supports throughout the employment process. The Center for Community Partnerships has over 30 years of experience in supporting clients with job development, coaching, and stabilization. Our services support individuals with disabilities in Northern Colorado with finding and maintaining meaningful, competitive employment.
Our employment consultants partner with the Center for Community Partnerships supported education programs to guide veterans and CSU students with disabilities with the transition from graduation to career.
Our Supported Employment Process
We utilize the following process for individuals who are referred to our employment services:
- We gather comprehensive information through personal interviews with individuals, family members and other support providers to obtain baseline performance (education or work), participation, self-efficacy, and well-being/quality of life information.
- An experiential community-based evaluation (functional assessment) is used to validate and expand baseline information. Participant performance in various work environments is measured while strengths, challenges, and interests are identified.
- Baseline information is shared and used for individualized, outcome-oriented planning and goal setting.
Employment Planning and Training
Employment planning is customized according to assessment results and the needs and wants of the individual participant. Some options include:
- Confirming employment direction and gaining needed skills
- Career exploration to include shadowing of professionals and/or informational interviews.
- Identification of and referral to needed educational resources for skill development.
- Supported work experience such as job trials and internships
- Learning to find and get a job
- How to find and obtain opportunities
- Resume and cover letter development
- Completion of job applications
- Interview skills training and practice
- If, when, and how to disclose disability
- How to request and negotiate an accommodation
- Referral and connection to resources
- Common referrals include financial planning/counseling, transportation assistance, assistive technology services, psychiatric services, physical therapy, psychotherapy, recreational resources, social connections, and supported living assistance.
Job Development and Placement
CCP Job Developers work closely with individuals with significant disabilities, employers, and numerous community agencies in Northern Colorado in order to identify meaningful and viable job matches for job seekers. When a job is offered and accepted, Job Developers, upon request and as needed, assist the employer in identifying and arranging reasonable accommodations, adaptations, and/or ‘natural supports’ that serve to maximize job performance and promote mutual success and satisfaction for employee and employer alike. CCP Job Developers also serve as consultants and educators to businesses, assisting them in meeting their labor needs, informing them of employer hiring incentives, and, upon request, providing disability awareness training for worksite staff. The end goal is to create a successful job match for supported employee and employer alike.
Job Transition and Maintenance Support
Once the participant has been hired, CCP Staff will work with the participant, the employer and co-workers at the place of employment, ensuring that supports are in place for training and completion of essential job functions. CCP staff will analyze the work station and work tasks in relation to the participant’s challenges and needs; and then, identify any adaptations, accommodations or natural supports that will maximize the participant’s work effectiveness and efficiency. The CCP staff also take into consideration any other needs (e.g. at home or transport to and from work) that may contribute to employment success and, when considered necessary, identify off-site work supports and/or accommodations that will improve employment outcomes. In addition, CCP staff will assist with on-the-job training, as needed, and will provide job coaching to insure the participant understands and is able to fulfill all aspects of the job. If requested or needed, CCP staff will provide disability sensitivity support and training for co-workers and the employer, promoting natural supports in the work environment.
It is expected that CCP participants will achieve independence and success at work. CCP supports are all provided with ultimate independence being the goal, and the eventual transfer of on-going support and encouragement from CCP staff to co-workers, the employer and family members on the home front. For individuals with developmental disabilities, ongoing support may be provided to ensure job growth and stability over the long-term.