Employment

 
Individual Supported Employment services are a part of an individual’s pathway to employment and are tailored to individual needs, interests, abilities, and promote career development.
  • These are individualized services necessary to help persons with developmental disabilities get and continue integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage in the general workforce.
  • These services may include intake, discovery, assessment, job preparation, job marketing, job supports, record keeping and support to maintain a job.

Group Supported Employment services are a part of an individual’s pathway to integrated jobs in typical community employment.  These services are intended to be short-term and:
  • Include the elements outlined in Individual Supported Employment
  • Offer ongoing supervised employment for groups of no more than eight workers with disabilities in the same setting
  • Service outcome is sustained paid employment leading to further career development in integrated employment at or above minimum wage.
Examples include enclaves, mobile crews, and other business models employing small groups of workers with disabilities in integrated employment in community settings.


Pre-Vocational services (sheltered work) are a part of an individual’s pathway to integrated jobs in typical community employment.  This service category is closed to new clients at this time per the Washington State DDA Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services transition plan.
  • Pre-Vocational services (often called sheltered workshops because of the segregated setting in which the work takes place) generally provide training and skill development to groups of people with disabilities in the same setting.
Services are intended to be short term and include the elements described in Individual Supported Employment.