Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County Supported Employment Services offers individuals with the most significant of disabilities the ongoing support, appropriate services, and training necessary to obtain and maintain employment in a competitive work environment. Our employment specialists’ work with local business owners and corporations to provide disability awareness and realistic accommodations that allow participants the opportunity to earn competitive wages in the local community. Many of our consumers are employed locally with longevity at Taco Bell, Wendy’s McDonalds, Burger King, Red Lobster Shop Rite, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, and the Dollar Store.
Our intensive services are provided through the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) division of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as well as through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Employment specialists assist consumers with the intake process, job development, coaching, stabilization of employment and the transition process to extended services.
Our extended services are a Home and Community Based Waiver Service (HCBS) through the OPWDD. At the time of transition, employees have demonstrated the ability to perform the essential responsibilities of their positions with independence. To ensure that the employee continues to meet the expectations of the job, employment specialists provide monthly visits to collaborate with management and the program participant. Employment specialists visit both on-site and off-site with consumers to promote skill growth and ensure job retention.