The Center for People With Disabilities
Service Providers for Department
of Vocational Rehabilitation
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.
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.
Our Employment Program provides 5 related services
for people with disabilities and employers:
1) Assist People With Disabilities to Find Jobs
2) We are a DVR Vendor and Work with DVR Referrals
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 Vendor
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
- 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