Employment Services

Careers for People with Disabilities (CPD) has been helping individuals with disabilities become independent and successful on the job since 1971! Our Employment Specialists have more than 100 years of combined experience in vocational rehabilitation!

We provide a wide range of vocational training and placement services, in most cases at no cost, to adults in Central Ohio who have a disability.

Although our employment specialists have existing relationships with many businesses, our services are highly individualized to meet our participants’ unique needs.

We are located in Clintonville, but our Employment Specialists are able to meet you at another, more convenient location upon your request.

CPD offers a variety of individualized services including:

CAREER EXPLORATION

To help choose between a few possible job goals, a person may observe people in the jobs they are interested in or interview people in those jobs to learn more. Someone in Career Exploration may also be able to try some of the job tasks to see if it is something they really want to do.

COMMUNITY-BASED ASSESSMENT

Community-Based Assessments (CBAs) are used to figure out if a specific job would be a good match for someone’s unique aptitudes, abilities, behaviors, or preferences. A CBA may be for one week or a few weeks.

JOB SEEKING SKILLS TRAINING

Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST) helps people identify and apply for job opportunities. JSST includes how to use newspapers, job boards, the internet, and “cold calling” employers to find jobs. JSST may also include creating a resume and how to prepare for interviews.

JOB DEVELOPMENT

A person in job development works with an Employment Specialist to make a plan to find job leads, make contacts with employers, and schedule and attend interviews, job fairs, networking events, etc. The goal is to help a person find a job.

JOB COACHING

Job Coaching is usually done on the job site, but may be done off site. The purpose of job coaching is to help someone newly hired learn job tasks, develop natural supports on the job, and adjust to a new work schedule. A person in job coaching will start to meet less often with an Employment Specialist once they become more comfortable on the job.

JOB RETENTION

Job Retention is usually done off site and may include phone calls or face-to-face visits with an Employment Specialist to make sure a job is going well. A person may meet with an Employment Specialist every other week to address any remaining issues or concerns about the job.

REHABILITATION TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

A “rehab tech” assessment may be done before someone finds a job or help someone choose a job goal or determine whether someone is eligible to receive services. An evaluator may go to a person’s home or work to see if equipment or other modifications may be helpful to increase independence or job options. The evaluator also teaches someone how to use their new equipment.

VOCATIONAL TESTING

Vocational Testing helps someone learn more about their vocational strengths, abilities and interests to help choose an employment goal. This may include one-on-one interviews, standardized tests, or work samples. The purpose is to choose a job goal that matches a person’s unique interests and skills, is available in the local labor market and meets their disability needs.