What Is Supported Employment?

Supported Employment is a process that assists people with disabilities in becoming employed in an integrated setting with competitive wages.  Supported Employment utilizes a functional model that designs support needs unique to that individual.  It is a process that focuses on an individual’s strengths, abilities, and preferences when matching the individual with the job best suited for him or her to find long-term success and develop a career.  

Stakeholders in Supported Employment include persons with disabilities and their families, employers, funding sources, supported employment professionals, and communities.  Some of the services offered through Supported Employment are assessment, job development, job sampling, on or off-site job coaching, and referral to additional resources.
To access Supported Employment services in New Jersey, contact your local office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Mental Health Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or your local adult service provider.

APSE is committed to Supported Employment (SE) and the impact it has on improving the quality of life of anyone associated with SE programs.  In order to improve services and make them available to an increasing number of people who want or need job support, APSE provides technical assistance and education to people involved with SE, encourages service delivery based on sound values and ethics, and is actively involved in legislative and policy change for SE. To accomplish these goals, APSE was formed to provide a strong partnership with others who share this dedication to Supported Employment.