About Community Employment
As a Vocational Rehabilitation Services provider, we assist people with disabilities as they prepare for, obtain and retain employment. In addition to assisting job seekers, we also work directly with local employers to explore their staffing needs and help them understand how Easterseals clients can fill those needs. This creates a dynamic collaboration that benefits both employers and job seekers.
Community employment services are customized based upon an individual’s needs. These services may include:
- Résumé development and assistance with job applications
- Pre-vocational skills training
- Interview practice
- Help identifying interests and potential jobs
- Job coaching
While our goal is to help individuals succeed in long-term employment, opportunities to identify interests and skills while gaining experience may include:
- Volunteer projects
- Job shadowing
- Temporary job placements
Employment Readiness Academy
The Employment Readiness Academy (ERA) is a unique mentorship program launched in 2015. Small groups of individuals are chosen for an intensive hands-on training experience during which they gain skills and confidence to prepare them for the workforce. ERA sites have included Lutheran Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Parkview Hospital Randallia and Parkview Family YMCA.
With funding from the City of Fort Wayne, Easterseals Arc is building three learning and simulation labs to help prepare individuals for jobs in manufacturing, hospitality and health care. In Angola, Easterseals RISE has partnered with the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation to offer a Pre-Manufacturing Academy.
Extended services are work-related supports that help individuals succeed after they have obtained community employment. Services may include job-specific safety training; training to increase workplace inclusion; training on public transportation; coaching on job-related tasks; facilitation of driver’s education training; and other services to reinforce and stabilize the job placement.
Workplace Assistance provides personal care services and supports during community employment hours to ensure the health and safety of the individual, therefore helping them retain employment. Examples of workplace assistance include help with meals, hygiene and medication administration.
Ticket to Work
Easterseals Arc is designated as an Employment Network for the Ticket to Work program through the Social Security Administration.