Snohomish County has approved an initiative to provide paid, competitive employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in integrated work settings with appropriate ongoing support from a job coach.
The Supported Employment positions offer a creative and cost-effective approach to meeting business needs while including people with developmental disabilities in the workforce. Each job is customized by bundling entry-level tasks that match the skills of the supported employment candidates.
A requirement of the Supported Employment positions is that each supported employee and hiring department work with a job coach. These professionally-trained vocational counselors are sent from local agencies in order to serve the employment-support needs.
Each job coach assists with the individualized training and long-term supports (at no cost to employers) which allows supported employees to maximize their job performance.
In order to be eligible for the Supported Employment positions, you must:
To apply for DDA services, contact DDA at 425-339-4833.
Once a supported employment position has been posted, applications will be accepted through NEOGOV.
Integrated employment in the State of Washington
In most states, only a small portion of people receiving services for developmental disabilities take part in integrated employment — meaning they have a job in a traditional workplace or are working toward one. (Source: National Survey of State IDD Agency Day and Employment Services)