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Whitman Co. - Developmental Services

 

 

 

Employment Services Overview

 

 

 

 

 

Employment offers all people, with or without disabilities, access to other community citizens, a path out of poverty, and independence from service systems.

There are three broad categories of employment services offered through Whitman County and available to eligible adults with developmental disabilities.  As described below, they are:

 

Individual Employment (IE)

Placement into a job, training at the job site of the employer and/or of the individual, and follow-along services to help maintain the individual in the job.

 

Group Supported Employment (GSE)
Training in skills and provision of support to a group of eight or fewer individuals with disabilities employed to perform work tasks within a host company in the community or as part of a crew that travels site to site. 

 

Specialized Industries Employment (Pre-Vocational Services)
Training and supervision of adults with special challenges in settings designed primarily to provide training and/or employment to persons with disabilities.

 

--Special Note--

If you are still in school, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Special Education has the responsibility for funding and delivering programs to students with disabilities from the age of three (3) through age twenty-one (21) or when the student elects to graduate from high school. 

 

We strongly advise you and your family to consider service options available to you at time of graduation prior to the age of 21 years.

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Individual Employment (IE)

Individual Employment establishes employment opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities in local business or industry on a one-person/one job basis on jobs at or above minimum wage.  A support organization develops the job based on an individual's interests, assists with training the individual and then provides ongoing support and retraining to the individual, the employer, and/or co-workers, Self-employment has emerged as an option for some individuals.  The support organization assists the individual with a business plan, taxes and other details of self-employment.

 

Benefits of Individual Employment include, in part:

  • A choice in the work they do

  • Who provides the support

  • Location and time of the job

  • Hours worked

  • Opportunities for an increase in natural supports

  • Potential benefits, such as, health insurance, retirement, etc.

  • Potential opportunity for advancement and Increased wages that will support economic self-sufficiency

 

Some responsibilities to consider as an employee, in part, include:

  • Periods of unemployment or underemployment without day program support.

  • Increasing demands of an employer and the expectation to meet those demands

  • Develop and utilize personal skills and resources to navigate the community and arrive to and depart from the workplace as expected by the employer.

  • Strive to grow independent of the county support system.

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Group Supported Employment (GSE)

Group Supported Employment is an approach in which a group of eight or fewer individuals perform work tasks within a host company in the community or as part of a crew that travels site to site.  An agency provides supports to the individuals and works with the company.  A trained supervisor is always at the work site.  Payment for work performed may be above or below minimum wage but is always commensurate with pay to others within the host company or the general local job market.  This approach maintains some of the benefits of integrated employment while providing the continuous support required by some individuals for long-term job success.

 

Benefits of Group Supported Employment, in part, include:

  • Opportunity to work in integrated work environments

  • Supervision supported or provided by the rehabilitation agency

  • Work environments tolerant of disability related challenges

  • Day support program available during periods of unemployment/underemployment.

 

Some responsibilities to consider as a participant in GSE, in part, include:

  • Strive to overcome barriers to individual employment opportunities.

  • Improve productive work skills to increase earning capacity within GSE projects.

  • Cooperatively work as a team member of a group to fulfill work responsibilities.

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Specialized Industries Employment (Pre-Vocational Services)
Training and long‑term employment in businesses organized and designed primarily to provide training and/or employment to persons with disabilities. Training may include teaching participants such concepts as attendance, task completion, problem solving and safety. Specialized Industries (often called sheltered work centers because of the setting in which the work takes place) generally employ or train groups of nine or more people with disabilities in the same setting, with fewer non‑disabled workers than people with disabilities.

 

Benefits of Specialized Industries, in part, include:

  • Opportunity to work in an environment for the purpose of training and rehabilitation.

  • Supervision by trained professionals and provided by the rehabilitation agency

  • Work environments tolerant of disability related challenges

  • Day support program available.

 

Some responsibilities to consider as a participant in Specialized Industries,, in part, include:

  • Strive to overcome barriers to individual employment opportunities.

  • Improve productive work skills to increase earning capacity within SI projects.

  • Cooperatively work as a team member of a group to fulfill work responsibilities.

 

As the county and provider network's service resources and/or technology improve people who have special challenges will further be considered into individual employment.

 

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Current Provider Contact: 

Palouse Industries
1235 SE Professional Mall Blvd.
Pullman, WA  99163
(509) 332-6561
http://www.palouseindustries.org

 

     
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