SEP services are provided to enable the client to obtain or maintain competitive community employment. Services are provided to clients who need support because of their disabilities.  

Some specific service activities might include:

  • job shadowing
  • workplace readiness assessment
  • job development
  • customized employment
  • long-term job coaching

The expected outcome of SEP services is sustained employment paid at or above the minimum wage or the customary wage and level of benefits paid by an employer; in an integrated setting within the general workforce; in a job that meets the personal and career goals of the individual. Successful transition to long-term job coaching, if needed, shall provide individualized and ongoing support contacts at intervals necessary to promote successful job retention and advancement.

Clients participating in The Arc’s Supported Employment Program will work with an Employment Specialist when seeking employment and working on short-term goals to maintain or obtain employment. Clients receiving long-term job coaching services will receive supports from Arc’s Direct Support Professional Job Coaches and will have these ongoing services overseen by a Service Team member.