SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

 
General Information
Description of ServiceOffers a program that was created to assist students and individuals with disabilities beyond the classroom. The Supported Employment initiative has been empowering students and other individuals with disabilities by assisting employers in recruiting qualified workers with disabilities and training them for entry-level positions. The program uses a person-centered planning approach whereby an individual’s unique interests and abilities are taken into consideration during the job development phase. The Nassau BOCES staff canvasses community businesses for openings, matching individual’s strengths with employer needs. Supported workers earn at least minimum wage for entry-level positions. Vocational rehabilitation counselors and job coaches work together with employers and individuals ensuring that the best possible fit between job and employee is met for a win-win situation. When an individual first starts a job, the job coach works one-on-one with the newly hired worker teaching all tasks involved in the job as well as the soft skills necessary to fit in with the culture of the business. The job coach remains in place full time initially until the employee has successfully learned to work independently and then gradually fades to several visits per month to make sure things are going smoothly. Often, internships participated in while in school lead to actual paid employment. Nassau BOCES provides long-term, follow-along support for these workers, their families and employers through grants from New York State Department of Education (ACCES-VR) and the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Dedicated and loyal supported employees become successful members of the businesses’ staff, proudly earning wages and becoming contributing members of society. Call for more detailed information.
LocationNassau
Geographical AreaWantagh, New York; Town of Hempstead, New York; Nassau County, New York
 
Contact Information
 
Contact's Name Joel Collazo
Contact's Position Coordinator
Contact's Phone (516) 396-2996
Contact's Email jcollazo@nasboces.org
Physical Site Address 1 Special Ed. Student Support Center
Physical Site Address 2 2850 North Jerusalem Road
Physical Site City, State, Zip Wantagh, NY 11793
Mailing Address 2 2850 North Jerusalem Road
Mailing City, State, Zip Wantagh, NY 11793
Mail Attention To Special Ed. Student Support Center
Main Phone (516)396-2996
Fax (516) 396-2688
Web Address www.nassauboces.org
 
Additional Information
Last UpdateJun19
 
 
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: NASSAU BOCES DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Affiliated Program: SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT
This Service: SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT
 
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Developmental Disabilities (YF-1800)
Employment (ND)
Employment Preparation (ND-2000)
Job Development (ND-3400)
Job Training Formats (ND-2000.3500)
Special Education (HH-8000)
Supported Employment (ND-6500.8120)
Vocational Centers (HH-9000.8750)
Vocational Rehabilitation (ND-9000)