Our Employment Services: Supported Employment

What is Supported Employment?

Supported Employment is a national vocational program that provides assessment,
job placement, job coaching, and on-going consultation by an Employment Consultant
to allow people with disabilities to have successful jobs in the community.

Community Outreach endeavors to make a positive difference in the lives of people
with developmental disabilities by basing our services on strong values.
Employment Consultants provide professional and supportive assistance
in seeking employment, based on the person’s preferences, strengths, and abilities.

The Role of an Employment Consultant

  • Match the job seeker’s skills, interests, and abilities with an employer’s needs
  • Provide on-the-job support and training to ensure successful performance
  • Provide an avenue to communicate and address the person’s performance with his/her employer
  • Assist in the hiring process
  • Facilitate disability awareness with co-workers
  • Provide assistance in obtaining raises and promotions
  • Help navigate the Social Security system (obtaining IRWEs, subsidies, and information on how wages affect benefits)

Benefits to the Job Seeker

› Self-sufficiency
› Self-esteem
› Self-determination

› Real life work experience
› Skill acquisition
› Social life
› A paycheck

› Opportunity to pursue interests & goals
› Pride from contributing to society
› Control over the future
› Success in community employment

Employment Assistance Services in Colorado Springs

Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
A state agency that serves people
with all types of disabilities

1365 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 250
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
(719) 635-3585
*Tell them if the applicant has a developmental
disability, as the person will not have
to go through the general orientation meeting.

The Resource Exchange (TRE)
A local agency that serves
people with developmental disabilities

418 S. Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 380-1100

Funding Sources

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) may pay for assessment, job placement, job coaching, assistive technology, and tools/supplies necessary for the person to be successful at his/her job, depending on the availability of funding.  DVR-funded job coaching ends when the person is stable in the job (typically 3 months after the person starts the job).

The Resource Exchange (TRE) pays for on-going follow-along supports after DVR funding ends.

Social Security Administration work incentives (Impairment Related Work Expense and Plan for Achieving Self Support), private pay, and natural supports (if appropriate for the individual) can also provide long-term follow-along supports after DVR funding ends.

Other Information to Know

Our Employment Consultants work as a team, so you know you can access the support you need. The Community Outreach Employment Team are also active members of APSE, an organization dedicated to people in supported employment to access the resources they need through advocacy at the state and national level.

We participate in local networking to connect with as many employers as possible, and communicate with other provider agencies in the community to continue to develop employment opportunities for all people.

Thank you for considering Community Outreach
to work with you in meeting your employment goals.