At O.T.C. we are dedicated to helping motivated adults with disabilities find the training, work, and skills they need to become more independent. With this same drive and dedication, we’ve developed the Supported Employment program to assist individuals who express a desire to work in the private sector.
The Supported Employment program is designed to help adults with disabilities develop the necessary skills needed to work in the private, for-profit business world through specialized training and counseling services tailored to their needs. Once an individual is a part of the Supported Employment program, our staff and counselors conduct a thorough evaluation of not only the individual’s skills, but also of their work history, interests, their disability, and the successes they’ve had while working in a variety of jobs. Once the Employment Specialist has established a solid work history for the individual, they help locate and match each adult with a suitable employer and often train them on the use of public transportation to maximize self-sufficiency.
Our Employment Specialists continue to work with individuals once they are placed in employment to ensure a smooth transition into the new working environment. The first few weeks are critical and our specialists are in very close contact with the adult during this phase, often working directly with them at their job and providing additional follow-up meetings both in and outside of the workplace.
Adults with disabilities have outstanding work ethic and a sense of dedication and enthusiasm that is appreciated by all employers. Our working adults with disabilities have succeeded in a variety of fields including:
- Building Maintenance
- Interoffice Mailings
- Cart Attendant
- Price Tag Verification
- Stock Worker
- Food Handler
In some cases counselors have worked with employers to divide labor positions in order to simultaneously improve company efficiency and create a perfect position for the adult client.
The Employment Training program at O.T.C. recruits skilled individuals with disabilities who, while successful in their training, have had difficulty retaining jobs. Individuals brought into the Employment Training program are further trained in their work skills, but are also taught new work habits and job skills that will prepare them for sustainable work in the private sector. Some of this training is done through our successful recycling program that offers adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and responsibilities associated with larger operations.
We also have placement services for adults with disabilities who are referred to us and whose needs would be best served in the private, for-profit business world. In these instances, clients do not train through the vocational programs at O.T.C. Instead, they work closely with Employment Specialists who help match them with prospective employers. These trained individuals benefit from both the support of the O.T.C. staff as well as the guidance and direction of our services through the Supported Employment program.
As an organization dedicated to the success of all of our clients, we use every resource to help our clients find the skills they need to succeed in their field of choice.