Did you know that there are more than 10,000 individuals who experience developmental disabilities in Oregon? Many of them want to have meaningful work, but according to recent estimates:
To ensure that adults with disabilities are able to find meaningful employment, the State of Oregon began an Employment First initiative in 2010. Find out more about the initiative here.
UCP is proud to support Employment First. The tenants of this initiative are as follows:
These goals mesh nicely with the goal of UCP's supported employment program (Employment Solutions), which is to support adults with developmental disabilities to identify, obtain and retain meaningful and competitive employment from community businesses.
Employment Solutions staff provide as little or as much support as is needed, including skills assessments, assistance writing resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, finding job shadowing and volunteer experiences, providing on-the-job coaching, and assistance negotiating for promotions.
To learn more about Employment Solutions, click here.