Type of Credit: Elective
The purpose of this course is to enable students with moderate and severe disabilities who are functioning at supported levels to acquire skills necessary for successful individual supported competitive employment. Supported employment refers to competitive work in an integrated work setting with ongoing support services for individuals with moderate and severe handicaps for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred. Features of supported employment include intensive onsite training, fade-off, ongoing monitoring, and onsite advocacy. Students will receive one-to-one intensive training by a job coach or employment specialist. The students will be paid at or above minimum wage. A weekly work hour goal is to be established for each individual that would maximize employment potential at the time of transition. The weekly work hour goal will be identified in the student’s Transition Individual Educational Plan. Students will receive ongoing support with at least one hour of follow-along services per week at the job site after stabilization has been attained. Stabilization refers to the point at which onsite training and support services in an individual employment situation has been 20% or less of normal work hours for at least 60 calendar days. The content of the course is expected to be provided as part of employment activities, not as pre-employment. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: positive work attitudes and habits, appropriate hygiene and grooming skills, related safety procedures, appropriate decision making skills, specific job-related skills, and self-reliance and initiative. This entire course may not be mastered in one year.