Fact 1:Supported Employment is paid, competitive employment for people with the most significant disabilities who have demonstrated in the past an inability to obtain and/or maintain employment.
The definition of “supported employment” in 34 CFR part 361, means competitive integrated employment, including customized employment, or employment in an integrated work setting in which an individual with a most significant disability, including a youth with a most significant disability, is working on a short-term basis toward competitive integrated employment, that is individualized and customized, consistent with the unique strengths, abilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual, including with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities.
The services identified below are provided through Supported Employment:
- situational assessment conducted in a competitive integrated employment site for a limited time to identify strengths, abilities interest and informed choice of the individual,
- job site training (providing support both on and away from the job site), and
- long-term supports (providing support to the employee and employer for job retention and career advancement).