Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities
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The power of a Job! Community Employment is one of the cornerstones of Bridgeway's diverse array of services helping our consumers live the lives of dignity, independence and respect by obtaining competitive employment. We partner with countless area employers to help our customers find jobs. We place people in jobs of their choice and help them achieve their personal vision of recovery and rehabilitation. Bridgeway has a number of Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) state DHS contracts that help fund our services and support our customers' vocational goals.
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) - An Evidence Based Model of Employment
Bridgeway's Supported Employment service is an evidence-based research driven practice adhering to best practice guidelines for service delivery. Bridgeway is a highly respected leader in the field of employment for people with disabilities. Individuals who participate in Individual and Placement Support (IPS) services are three times more likely to find employment than those who engage in other types of vocational programs. IPS is particularly effective for persons with mental illness but its strategies have been found to work well for other disabilities. The IPS Model is a well defined approach to employment that is based on seven key components.
Seven Key Components of the IPS Model:
- Zero Exclusion
- Consumer Preferences are Important
- Rapid Job Search
- Goal is a Competitive Job
- Integration of Mental Health and Vocational Services
- Support is Time Unlimited
- Personalized Benefits Planning
The Community Employment Team is made up of Employment Specialists and Job Coaches who use a coordinated team approach to support the consumer to be successful in the world of work. This total team approach is centered around the consumer and his/her support system: the Employment Specialist, family, the interdisciplinary team, the DRS counselor, the doctor, etc. This model really works and each year Bridgeway is successful in placing scores of people with disabilities into competitive jobs and supporting them to achieve a more fulfilling life by realizing their dream of having a job in their community.
Amy enjoys her job at Rialto Cinema in Macomb.
Kyle is all smiles working at Jimmy John's restaurant.
Lillian is a valued housekeeper at Vista
Lodge in Galesburg.
Bridgeway workers in our recycling department creating "aluminum bricks".
Employment Training Services
Bridgeway provides a variety of vocational training experiences for individuals with disabilities to learn work skills and habits as well as provide a regular paycheck based on the productivity of the individual. Paid opportunities to build work skills include some of these skill areas:
Even people with serious limitations can learn a job and find satisfaction and increased feelings of self worth by having employment. Bridgeway has Vocational Centers in Macomb, Pekin, Keokuk, Galesburg, and Kewanee.