Our Supported Employment Program offers employees an environment that celebrates each individual’s strengths. The employees work with supervisors who will challenge them to succeed, while also listening carefully to their concerns. Supervisors offer the employee support across a variety of areas of their lives to ensure success at work, including development of personal and vocational skills that may later be transferred to future employment opportunities. The workers have continual ownership and input into their evolving work experience.
The Supported Employment Program also seeks to remove barriers to employment and ensure each employee a successful work experience. Job descriptions are developed that emphasize each individual’s strengths, and we use a creative approach to accommodate each individual. There is no “cookie cutter” job description or approach to getting the work down. Using a person-centered approach, we value the creativity and diversity of approaches to get the most out of employees.
The Supported Employment Program offers opportunities for each employee to increase their social capital by being part of an accepting community. As part of the DANI community, the employees have readily available access to a network of people and organizations that DANI is engaged with. Individuals in the Supported Employment Program also share and take pride in DANI’s accomplishments as full and valued members of our community.
Jordan oversees the staff and programming delivered by our staff team in our Day Program and evening recreational programs, as well as liaising and communicating with families. Jordan’s patience and open-minded approach to problem-solving, as well as his commitment to a strengths-based model, enables the staff team to deliver creative and innovative programming.