Career Solutions Department

Supported Employment:

Supported Employment provides customized employment to our adult members at no cost to the family. This program is funded by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Medicaid waivers. We pride ourselves on getting to know our members extremely well, allowing us to match their skills, talents, and personalities to employers whom we trust. Our team is dedicated to making sure that our members have a job where they can thrive and make a difference for years to come. We support over 60 employees in the Louisville area, helping them to make positive contributions to their places of employment, and promoting to the public their skills and abilities.

Questions about Supported Employment or ready to jumpstart your career? Career Solutions has meetings and informational interviews with members, families, and \employers by appointment. Please contact our team to learn more or visit our building for a tour and more information about the program.

Are you a business looking to diversify your team? Career Solutions loves to meet with new employers to learn about their business, its operations, and help discover how our members can provide a meaningful contribution to its success. Please contact our team to schedule an informational interview.

Pre-ETS:

Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays at the Louisville Campus from 4:00-5:00 pm

*Returning in person soon! Stay tuned for more info!*

Pre-ETS is a program for high school students (14-21) to prepare them for the public world beyond high school, most notably the workplace and post-secondary education. This program is run at no cost to the family and is aimed at providing practical training for our high school students to learn to become competent students and workers.

Our time with the members before they enter college or the workplace allows us to develop relationships with the members and identify areas of development before they graduate. The classes are dynamic and differentiated, with an emphasis on active engagement, skill development, and outings in the community.

Our curriculum involves:

1. Workplace Readiness Training
2. Self Advocacy Instruction
3. Post Secondary Counseling
4. Job Exploration Counseling
5. Work Based Learning Instruction

Looking for more information on what Pre-ETS is? Learn more here!

Director of Waiver Services & Adult Programs

Shelly Durbin

Director of Waiver Services & Adult Programs

Career Solutions Specialist

Zac Sappenfield

Career Solutions Specialist

Career Solutions Specialist

Kristen Falcone

Career Solutions Specialist

F.A.Q. regarding employment

1. Will my son/daughter be working in public alone?

– Yes. They will eventually be working independently in public, much like any adult. Part of what we do is to ensure they are in a safe, trustworthy environment. We offer detailed training, with the intent to slowly and effectively fade away. If there are any issues with this, they will be addressed on an individual basis.

2. Will this affect their monthly SSDI check?

– Possibly. It depends on their earnings. The state of Kentucky allows an individual to earn $240.00 monthly before their SSDI check has any deductions. In any scenario, the individual always earns more total from their paycheck and their SSDI. Plus, they are earning their own money and contributing to the economy. Their earnings will never affect their Medicaid.

3. Can anyone get a job?

– In theory, yes. The biggest obstacles to employment are behavior and skill development. One way to look at this is: “If you can feed yourself, you can work.” We can train people to do almost anything, but if there are behavior problems involved, those may need to be sorted out before considering employment. This applies to ALL ability levels.

4. When should we get started?

– We would love to work with your family member during high school, via Pre-ETS. The best time to reach out to us is in the last year of high school or vocational training.

5. What can we do to prepare for the workplace at home?

– The best thing to do is complete chores around the house together. This is not commanding: “Go clean your room!” but rather, “Let’s go clean your room together today, and we can learn what we need to do to keep it straight.” Eventually, they will be able to complete the task independently, and establish pride in what they have done. Next, try volunteering, learning to introduce themselves, and observing what kinds of jobs your son/daughter be interested in.

Check out other helpful Supported Employment resources below:

https://www.kentuckyworks.org/

https://apse.org/

https://kcc.ky.gov/Vocational-Rehabilitation/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.hdi.uky.edu/

Click here for Indiana general vocational rehab services!

Check out all the NDSS Supported Employment resources below:

NDSS Employment Guide

NDSS Resume Guide

Translate »