Tri-Counties Regional Center

Services & Supports

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Employment Services

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Benefits of Employment

  • Employment offers opportunities for integration and interaction within the work community.
  • The Employment First philosophy seeks to promote and facilitate integrated and comparable wage employment alternatives for people in jobs they choose in the general workforce.

Employment Meetings Calendar

What Employment Options Are Available?

Thinking About Work?

It can be a lot of work to get a job. But with the right help, people can get a job and be paid well. A person should consider:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I like to do? 
  • What kind of workplace would be best for me? 

People usually try out small jobs or volunteer to see what they like.

How to Find Work

  • Ask your Service Coordinator how the regional center can help you prepare for work, find a job, succeed on the job, or start your own business
  • Volunteer for different jobs to learn what you like doing
  • Talk to friends and family about your goals
  • Explore work training programs at adult school or college
  • Ask about employment supports at your Planning Team Meetings
  • Explore getting employment support from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Your Service Coordinator can help get you started with DOR
  • Work with your team at school to create goals around job skills, and volunteer or paid work

Employment & Your Individual Program Plan (IPP)

When you plan with your service coordinator around employment opportunities, the first option that will be considered is competitive employment.  Competitive work is a real choice.  Your Service Coordinator can help you find resources in the community to support your employment goals. Learn more about the Discovery Model, person centered planning for employment.

Options Other Than Employment

If employment isn’t right for you, talk to your Service Coordinator about other options.

Getting Help from Your Family Members

  • Talk to your family about the type of work that you might like
  • Explore training ideas in the community such as Adult Education or college with their help
  • Invite your family members to your IEP & IPP meetings

For Family Members to Consider

  • Talk to your family member who’s seeking a job
  • Find out what type of work interests them
  • Help prepare them for work or higher education
  • Participate in their IEP and IPP meetings
  • Partner with the regional center to take an active role in planning
  • Consider your contacts in the community as you brainstorm about possible work options including volunteering or micro-enterprise options
  • Ask about new programs being developed through Adult Education and Community Colleges

Is College Right for You?

Talk to your Service Coordinator to find out if a local program can help you reach your education or employment goals. Click here for Post Secondary Education Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities.

"With initiative and the right supports and opportunities, people with developmental disabilities can work. They can succeed at a job, earn decent pay, meet people on the job, and be more a part of their community."