Vocational Services | Supported Employment
Services For Brain Injury's (SBI) Supported Employment Services are a way to move people from dependence on a service delivery system to independence via competitive employment. Studies indicate that the provision of on-going support services for people with severe disabilities significantly increases their rates for employment retention. Supported employment encourages people to work within their communities as well as social interaction, and integration.
SBI's Supported Employment Services strive to help people with brain injuries achieve the following outcomes.
- Equitable wages and other employment-related benefits
- New skills
- Community participation
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Consumer empowerment
- High quality of life
The types of supported employment services used depend on the needs of individual clients.
Integrated Work Sites — Integration is one of the essential features of supported employment. Individuals with disabilities should have the same opportunities to participate in all activities in which other employees participate and to work alongside other employees who do not have disabilities.
Ongoing Support — A key characteristic which distinguishes supported employment from other employment programs is the provision of ongoing support for individuals with brain injuries to maintain employment.
INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT MODEL
Several supported employment models are being used to provide the benefits of work for people with severe disabilities – Individual Placement, Enclave, Sheltered Workshop. Services for Brain Injury uses the Individual Placement Model.
In the Individual Placement Model, people with brain injuries are placed in a job which best suits his/her abilities and preferences.
Training is provided on the job site in job skills and work related behaviors, including social skills, by a job coach.
As the employee gains skills and confidence, the job coach gradually spends less time at the worksite. However, support is never completely removed.
Services for Brain Injury is always available to the employer for retraining on new assignments, assisting in dealing with challenging behaviors, supplying periodic consultations with co-workers and employer, giving orientation and training for co-workers.
- Individualized Job Development
- Job Placement
- Job Coaching
- Ongoing Support
- No fee to employer
- Thoroughly screened applicants
- Employees' abilities matched to job requirements
- On-site job training by professionals
- Additional training, as necessary
- Follow-up services for the duration of employment
PLEASE CONTACT KAREN STRASILLA, SBI OPERATIONS OFFICER,
AT 408-715-2205 OR E-MAIL KStrasilla@SBIcares.org.