The Arc of Orange believes that being employed gives people we support a strong sense of well-being and helps them achieve independence. Our job trainers and coaches work hand in hand to match employees with companies who need them. Supported Employment provides the support people need to obtain and maintain paid competitive jobs in the community. Job developers meet with the person, explore his/her interests, evaluate their skills, and assist them with job readiness skills. They then find work opportunities and work with them to apply for positions and become employed. Job coaches then provide the employees with support and assistance to ensure that they learn their work assignments and teach them the skills needed for the position.
The Arc of Orange offers a wide variety of opportunities for businesses to assist people with disabilities become gainfully employed.
Employment Training Program (ETP)
Our Employment Training Program (ETP) offers an opportunity to work in an internship that will lead to permanent employment in a community business. During the internship, wages are paid through ETP while the intern learns the skills needed for the job. ETP services include increased job development and job coaching as well as assistance with other employable skills.
Dream Jobs is a program that assists Special Education High School students with job readiness in a classroom setting. Students work with a job coach to become prepared for work, learn how to search and apply for jobs, interview skills, proper work attire, and job maintenance skills. The ratio of students to coach is 5:1.
ACCES-VR provides vocational rehabilitation services and opportunities to work in jobs integrated within the community for people with disabilities.
Pathway to Employment
Pathway to Employment services started in October 2014. It is a person-centered employment planning and support service that provides assistance for people to obtain, maintain or advance in competitive employment or self-employment. The program offers people with developmental disabilities 12 months (278 hours) of job readiness, job trials, job previews, and volunteer opportunities in group and individual settings in the community. It focuses on matching people’s interests with job skills for future employment. With the start of this program we are looking to team up with local businesses and volunteer organizations so we can give people opportunities to develop skills necessary to become competitively employed.