Based on each job seeker’s interest and abilities, we provide individualized support in identifying and securing competitive employment within the individual’s community. Our staff are specifically trained to create customized employment opportunities by matching the job seeker’s skills to the needs of the identified local business. There are many ways that job seekers can benefit from our employment services – Click here to read more!
Funding for Supported Employment (SE) is available through the State of Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS), Transitional Youth Services, Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) and for individuals able to pay privately.
As an ongoing vendor for DORS, we help secure and maintain jobs for people with disabilities throughout Maryland.
- Supported Employment Services –Transitioning Youth (TY) students approved for ongoing supported employment services through DDA are provided with funding to receive employment support between high school graduation and the final admission into a DDA-funded agency.
- Non-Supported Employment Services – These services may be/are available to individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for DDA employment support. They provide job development and/or job coaching for a time limited period approved through DORS for individuals throughout Maryland.
- Employee Development Services (EDS) – These services Abilities Network provides. It’s a 10-week classroom-style program for job seekers. It includes work adjustment training; providing a comprehensive, individualized process that assists people to develop or re-establish skills, attitudes, personal characteristics and work behaviors to achieve positive employment outcomes. The objective of EDS is to build on each participant’s job seeking skills and techniques. This learning experience gives each individual the tools to represent themselves in a professional manner, in every aspect of the job seeking process, in order to ultimately obtain employment.
- Student to Employment Services (STEP) – Specific to Howard County, the STEP program provides employment services to students for the three years prior to their graduation year. With a focus on employment development, placement and retention, Abilities Network and other providers work with the student’s high school and DORS, to explore and experience employment opportunities in their home communities.
- Employment Services through the Office for Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS) – We have partnered with OBVS through DORS to provide employment services to those whose primary disability is vision loss. We work closely with DORS counselors from OBVS to reinforce the job seeker’s “specific vocational goal” as identified in the Career Exploration Assessment & Plan of Services. This guides our job development and sets the individual up for success.