Supported Employment services are ongoing supports that enable participants for whom competitive employment at or above minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to perform in a regular work setting.  The scope and intensity of Supported Employment supports may change over time, based on the needs of the participant.  Supported Employment services are conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites where persons without disabilities are employed. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) can help assist in obtaining services. 

Participants who receive Supported Employment services must require long-term, direct or indirect job-related support in job supervision, adapting equipment, adapting behaviors, transportation assistance, peer support, and/or personal care assistance during the work day.  Supported Employment services consist of activities needed to obtain and sustain paid work by participants, including job location, job development, supervision, and training.

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Help promote a sense of pride and independent growth by providing employment opportunities.

Prior to partnering an employer with an employee, BCS assesses the employee’s needs, abilities and talents and helps them find a work setting that is mutually beneficial.

What do you as an employer stand to gain by participating in BCS’s Supported Employment Program?

  1. Long-term employees, even for high-turnover positions
  2. No-cost placement services
  3. On-the-job training by professionals
  4. Ongoing support services for both employer and employee
  5. The opportunity to help willing individuals gain independence and make their own way through meaningful employment

The supported employment program is excited to be involved in Agency for Persons with Disabilities  APD’s Employment Enhancement Program (EEP) to assist individuals, primarily ages 18-24, on the APD Waiting List, transitioning from school to work, to add in finding employment. Each qualified job seeker may be allocated approximately $2500 from APD. These dollars will allow one of BCS’s experienced Supported Employment job coaches to support the individual with follow-along services for Supported Employment, transportation for work, and paid internships as paths to employment. Individuals meeting the criteria in any Florida county may be considered for participation in the EEP.