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
Location and time of the job
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
Who provides the support
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.