Employment Program

The Employment Program provides employment services for people with disabilities. We are a service provider for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and an Employment Network.

People with disabilities are intelligent and capable….and qualified. They may appear as ideal job candidates in writing and through online applications, only to be dismissed as potential employees at the in-person interview due to their disability. CPWD acts as an advocate in our community, educating both employers and job seekers on the best ways to establish effective communication and accommodations so that people with disabilities can engage in meaningful work.

Our Employment Program provides 5 related services for people with disabilities and employers:

1. We assist people with disabilities, any disability, who need assistance preparing for job search and finding a job.

You don't have to be an intake consumer, just call or come in and let's see how we can assist you.

2. We are a DVR vendor and work with people referred by DVR

For services 1 and 2 listed above, CPWD helps job-seekers achieve their goals through the following activities:

  • Comprehensive intake to assess employment needs and goals, current level of skills and abilities
  • Preliminary job-seeking training including education in the following areas: 
    • How to conduct a job search
    • How to prepare a resume
    • How to complete a job application
    • How to interview effectively
    • Complete a written job-placement plan with specific goals
    • Support writing and completing a professional resume
    • Support conducting a job search, seeking satisfactory and stable employment in an integrated environment that is compatible with the participant’s strengths, priorities and capabilities
    • Application and interview training, including mock interviews
    • Job analysis and onsite employer consultation, including recommendations for worksite disability accommodations
    • Once placed, worksite acclimation support
    • Ongoing support and referrals as needed

3. We are a Ticket to Work Employment Network

The Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program. The Ticket to Work Program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workplace.

4. We provide Benefits Counseling

Assistance provided by a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) to an individual who is interested in becoming employed, but is uncertain of the impact work income may have on any disability benefits and entitlements being received, and/or is not aware of benefits, such as access to healthcare, that might be available to support employment efforts.

This service typically involves an analysis of an individual’s current benefits, such as SSDI and SSI, the individual’s financial situation, and the effect different income levels from work will have on the individual’s future financial situation. This assistance is intended to provide the individual an opportunity to make an informed choice regarding the pursuit of employment.

5. We provide Technical Assistance to employers. 

Often there are myths to hiring people with disabilities—especially in the area of job accommodations.  Employers will have the following supports:

  • What accommodations are required and available (most cost less than $100)
  • Training on disability awareness and working with people with disabilities
  • Federal and State incentives for hiring people with disabilities
  • Accessibility in their business

As a Center for Independent Living, CPWD also supports participants with other life and independent living needs during and after the job-placement process such as applying for Social Security, finding housing or moving, transportation training and other needs as they arise.

Please call us with your questions and needs (303) 442-8662 or fill out our online contact form.

 

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