If you are a young adult with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability and you’ve graduated from high school in Central Oregon, there is a team of experts standing by to support your future success.

The Oregon Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) offers Supported Employment Services that may help you find jobs in your community. Here are 5 services you should know about:

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The first step to finding a meaningful and fulfilling job in the community involves matching your interests and skills with local employer needs. The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help you uncover your strengths, find job opportunities, fill out applications and practice for interviews.

Job Coaching

Once an employer in the community hires you, coaches can help you learn the skills you need to succeed in your new job. Coaching also helps you build relationships with co-workers and teaches you the rules of business.

Discovery

If you’re not sure what your dream career looks like, there are trained experts who will talk to you about your interests and strengths and help you explore jobs that you might like. You can also try out some jobs by becoming a volunteer first.

Small Group Supported Employment

Working in a small group with other people can help you learn skills for your future career. Having a crew of people – with and without disabilities — is a great way to meet new friends and learn new things.

Employment Path Services

Employment Path Services are services to provide learning and work experiences. It may including volunteer opportunities. The goal of Employment Path Services is for an individual to develop general employment skills that may be used in an integrated job

For more information, visit www.iworkwesucceed.org.