The Center for People With Disabilities

Employment Program

Service Providers for Department
of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Employment Program provides employment services for people with disabilities. We are a service provider for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and an Employment Network.

People with disabilities are intelligent and capable….and qualified. They may appear as ideal job candidates in writing and through online applications, only to be dismissed as potential employees at the in-person interview due to their disability. CPWD acts as an advocate in our community, educating both employers and job seekers on the best ways to establish effective communication and accommodations so that people with disabilities can engage in meaningful work.

As a Center for Independent Living, CPWD also supports participants with other life and independent living needs during and after the job-placement process such as applying for Social Security, finding housing or moving, transportation training and other needs as they arise.

Our Employment Program provides 5 related services
for people with disabilities and employers:

 

1) Assist People With Disabilities to Find Jobs

You don’t have to be an intake consumer, just call or come in and let’s see how we can assist you.

2) We Provide Benefits Counseling

Community Partner Work Incentives Counselors (CPWIC) work with individuals who are interested in becoming employed, but uncertain of the impact work income may have on benefits being received.   This service typically involves an analysis of an individual’s current benefits, (such as SSDI/SSI, food stamps, Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance) the individual’s financial situation, and the effect different income levels from work will have on the individual’s future financial situation.  Additionally, the CPWIC can help an individual identify benefits such as access to healthcare and Medicaid Buy-in, that might be available to support employment efforts.

Benefits counseling supports employment goals by providing detailed information so that an individual can make an informed choice regarding the pursuit of employment.

3) We are a Ticket to Work Employment Vendor

The Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program. The Ticket to Work Program is a good fit for people who want to get off Social Security benefits and desire to have extended eligibility for benefits in case they need to stop work due to their disability.  With the right opportunities and supports, many people can earn a higher standard of living by going to work versus living on SSI/SSDI.

Another path to Ticket to Work is through DVR.  Most individuals working with DVR are also enrolled in Ticket to Work and can partner with CPWD after their DVR case closes to continue receiving support services and work incentives.

4) We are a DVR Vendor and Work with DVR Referrals

CPWD employment specialist work with DVR consumers through the following activities:

  • Job Search and Placement Services
    • How to conduct a job search
    • How to prepare a resume
    • How to complete a job application
    • How to interview effectively
    • Complete a written job-placement plan with specific goals
    • Support writing and completing a professional resume
    • Support conducting a job search, seeking satisfactory and stable employment in an integrated environment that is compatible with the participant’s strengths, priorities and capabilities
    • Application and interview training, including mock interviews
  • Job Coaching
    • Job analysis and onsite employer consultation, including recommendations for worksite disability accommodations
    • Once placed, worksite acclimation support
    • Ongoing support and referrals as needed
  • Work Adjustment Training and On the Job Training (OJT)
    • Support learning transferrable job skills through placement in internships and volunteer opportunities
  • Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)
    • Job seeking skills for transition age youth

5) Technical Assistance

Often there are myths to hiring people with disabilities—especially in the area of job accommodations. Employers will have the following supports:

What accommodations are required and available (most cost less than $100)
Training on disability awareness, customer service for people with disabilities and working with people with disabilities
Federal and State incentives for hiring people with disabilities
Accessibility in their business

As a Center for Independent Living, CPWD also supports participants with other life and independent living needs during and after the job-placement process such as applying for Social Security, finding housing or moving, transportation training and other needs as they arise.

To find out more about our employment program, call (303) 442-8662 or fill out our online contact form.

Thank you to our approximately 30 Home Health Staff: CNAs, RNs, Skilled Staff, Homemakers and PCPs

In an independent living environment, people with disabilities have more control and choice over their lives, more freedom to reach for their full potential, and more opportunity to integrate with community.

1675 Range Street
Boulder Colorado 80301

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