Supported Employment

What is Supported Employment?
The Supported Employment Program offers training opportunities and support in finding and sustaining meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities.

How does the program work?
Funded through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), Employees receive on-site job coaching and support as needed. The Arc guides program employees into one of three typical employment paths:

  • Individual placement – short term on the job training and periodic follow along services for an individual employee.
  • Enclave employment – a small group of people directly hired by an employer who need on-going job coaching services on a daily basis. People work at the same facility and share a job coach.
  • Mobile crews – a small group of workers and job coaches function as a unified team to complete a contracted job.

The Arc works hard to ensure that people find employment in areas that match their skills and interests.

Supportive Employment also offers an Office Skills Training Center. This center prepares people to work in an office setting and provides 12 months of training in word processing, data entry, equipment use, social skills, safety skills, resume building, and interview skill enhancement. The program features a practical internship and individualized job placement.

Our Employment Services Center also offers Comcast Learning Labs a program funded through a national Comcast NBC Universal grant that provides individuals with intellectual disabilities hands-on training services designed to increase their ability to access and use technology in their daily lives.

How do I receive services?
All employee applicants must be approved to receive services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or have other means to pay for services. For further information on these programs please contact Deborah Goins at dgoins@thearcofpgc.org or at 240-532-6001.

Let us know how we can help!
If you have questions about services or programs of The Arc Prince George’s County, or if you need information, please contact us at any time. Our staff are ready to assist you.


 

EMPLOYERS

The Supported Employment Program trains and coaches qualified, hard working employees for businesses and organizations. The Arc provides continued on-site job coaching and support as needed at no cost to the business.

Benefits for businesses:
Over 40 businesses and organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area employ people through The Arc’s program because the benefits just make sense. Click to view Abigail video

  • Targeted Jobs Tax Credit during the employee’s first year of employment.
  • Zero expense for recruitment and training.
  • Added support from the employee’s job coach at zero expense to the employer.
  • Implementation of affirmative action policies.
  • Contribution to the community by turning an unemployed consumer into a hardworking, responsible taxpayer.

How does it work?
The Arc Supported Employment Program trains people in areas that match their skills and interests. Job coaches provide initial onsite training and continued support as needed.

People typically find employment through one of three paths:

Individual placement— short-term on the job training and periodic follow along services for an individual employee.

Enclave employment—a small group of people directly hired by an employer who need on-going job coaching services on a daily basis. People work at the same facility and share a job coach.

Mobile crews—a small group of workers and job coaches function as a unified team to complete a contracted job.

How do I get involved?
Contact Deborah Goins at 240-532-6001 or at dgoins@thearcofpgc.org for more information about hiring a great employee.


Let us know how we can help!

If you have questions about services or programs of The Arc Prince George’s County, or if you need information, please contact us at any time. Our staff are ready to assist you.