Employment Supports

The Employment Options department provides a range of services for adults seeking employment opportunities and students planning to transition from school to the world of work.  Employment Options works in partnership with local businesses by providing them with successful personnel at no cost to their company and by providing on-site training, pre-screened applicants whose abilities match specific job requirements, and long-term support as necessary.

Supported Employment

Employment Options staff work closely with individuals and their team members to find competitive employment in the community compatible with an individual’s goals, desires and abilities. In addition, staff members provide the ongoing support needed for an individual to maintain and thrive in their chosen employment.

Community Prevocational Support

Community Based Prevoc is step one for people toward figuring out what they want to do – whether it’s getting a job or finding other opportunities that they enjoy. Community Based Prevoc services are designed to assist people who are interested in working competitively to develop skills and prepare them for just that – getting a job!  Gaining work and non-work related experience and skills is vital to finding meaningful and long-lasting employment. Within the program, people participate in both job experiences at local businesses alongside a Prevoc Professional staff member, and participate in a classroom curriculum. While in Prevoc, staff will assess each person’s growth. By the end of their time in Prevoc (6 months to 2 years) with staff’s support, they can make the decision to move into another program where they will find competitive employment OR choose another non-work related program.

Community Based Employment

Arc’s community based employment works hand-in-hand with more than 40 local, state and federal businesses placing supervised individuals with disabilities in employment positions on a subcontract basis. These individuals work both on mobile work crews and alongside other employees in the community, on some occasions, comprising the entire workforce. Some of the positions include but are not limited to mail room operations, food service, janitorial, manufacturing and assembly.

To fill out the OPWDD Prevocational Services (CBPV) application, click here

To fill out the OPWDD Supported Employment (SEMP) application, click here

For more information, please contact Shannon Moore-Carlson, Director of Employment Options at (315) 579-5625 ext. 1752 or email at scarlson@arcon.org