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Employment Network Program

Any disabled individual who wishes to begin or return to work can receive assistance with acquiring gainful employment. Companies state that employees with disabilities have better retention rates, thereby reducing the cost of high turnover. These employees possess valuable problem-solving skills because they are experts in finding creative ways to perform tasks others may take for granted.

Role of Employment Advisor
The employment advisor works as a counselor, with full participation of the job seeker, and designs strategies for placement through planning, trouble-shooting, improvising, bringing in resources (including employer contacts/potential job leads through networking), and developing options for the job seeker.

Role of Person with Disability
The job seeker will work with an employment advisor to identify your strengths and abilities, explore employment options and discover your area's employer's requirements. You will develop and implement an employment plan and attend trainings and seek social inclusion and plan for advancement and promotion.

Services Provided by the Employment Network

  • Independent Living Plan -- The employment advisor will help you plan goals that will lead to greater independence by enabling you be productive.
  • Mentoring -- The employment network may pair you with a person that has experience in your career choice who can steer toward a rewarding occupation.
  • Tutoring - We partner with many different area agencies to arrange for an instructor in all areas of education.
  • College -- The employment network partners with Educational Talent Search to help people fill out the paperwork and enroll in college.
  • Job Advancement -- The employment network will explore every avenue of possible funding for advancing job skills or for job retention.

For more information, contact Kathie Kearbey, Vocational Advisor.


Ticket To Work Program

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 – legislation designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing health care coverage. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.

For more information, contact Kathie Kearbey, Vocational Advisor.