Development Enterprises corporation

Supported Employment

Meaningful work not only provides an income, but an opportunity for greater independence and self-worth. DEC Employment Services has provided job placement and support for adults with disabilities since 1986.

Most Disabled People Can and Want to Work

DEC Gives Them that Chance

Just like the rest of us, most people with disabilities want to find meaningful work. It’s not simply a desire to be economically independent or to supplement their income by working; the plain truth is: work gives life meaning.

People want to work because it provides us with a sense of purpose, it increases our self-reliance, it gives us an identity. Even unpaid work can play a vital role in creating a sense of worth and self-esteem. Many times, what we “do” defines who we “are.” Work provides structure, the opportunity for positive social integration and support, distraction from personal health issues, a sense of fulfillment and the chance to grow.

By engaging intellectually disabled individuals in productive activity, DEC helps to combat boredom and isolation. We provide personalized training to help identify different employment options and enable individuals to gain the experience needed to secure a good job. DEC knows disabled individuals are capable of making businesses more competitive. And we aggressively deliver that message to employers with a need for excellent employees who take pride in the work they perform.

Why is DEC So Successful?

Our exceptional staff strives to foster a powerful service mentality by coordinating with various agencies and clients to identify and address specific support needs.  After evaluating each person’s vocational goals, DEC assesses the individual’s existing abilities and matches his or her interests and skill set to a relevant work environment.  Placement in our Employment Services Program offers hands-on experience in the workplace, with a high dose of support from a knowledgeable DEC Employment Consultant.

Menu of Services

Community-based work assessment: An assessment is performed at one or several community work sites, during which the employer or supervisor identifies the job that needs to be performed. The Employment Consultant is present at all times to observe and assist as needed, and the individual is compensated by DEC at the going rate for the position. The Employment Consultant then develops an assessment report.

Job readiness training: The individual is taught how to find an appropriate opportunity. The DEC Employment Consultant assists with resume preparation and mock interviews.

On-the-job training: The employer receives assistance in training the individual to perform the work and to learn the responsibilities of the position.  This may include diversity training with supervisors and/or co-workers.

Follow-up: DEC Employment Consultants proactively identify and address any problems, issues or changes that may occur in the work setting.

Commuter and pedestrian training: DEC provides the individual with travel training, to promote a safe commute between home and the workplace.

Financial planning: Cost-sharing strategies are utilized as a supplement to public funding. Social Security work incentives and PASS are tapped to promote speedier, more complete services.

Career development: Existing job responsibilities are expanded or new employment is located, if necessary, to better meet the changing needs of the individual.

Transitional support: DEC eases the transition from school to adult life and promotes vocational responsibility to prepare the individual for postgraduate employment.