Work matters for all people because it’s how we earn a living. It also helps us create an identity, contribute to society and make friends. People with disabilities need and want to work, too.
Serving Those with Disabilities
Employment is one of the biggest challenges for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for this group tends to be twice as high as that for the general population. For those with developmental disabilities, unemployment rates can be as high as 85 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 50 percent of people with a disability who were unemployed reported at least one barrier to employment.
BiosWork has more than 25 years of experience helping people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment. We use assessments, job development and job coaching to leverage people’s gifts and talents, experiences and interests to help them find and keep jobs they love.
Beginning with an Assessment
We evaluate your skills, abilities and interests to know how to develop the best job for you. After an introductory meeting, we will schedule new experiences (time in the community, temporary job experiences and/or volunteer opportunities) to determine how your skills and abilities might translate into employment-type settings. This also gives us an opportunity to learn about needed adaptations.
During the assessment process, we may assist you in developing or updating your resume, developing a video resume and completing applications. The assessment process can also be used for job preparation training. This might include how to look your best for interviews and work, communication skills for interviewing and job success and how to successfully use available transportation.