Customized Employment Services

We offer a comprehensive program designed to support individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities discover employment interests and become successfully employed.

Employment Services:
  • Career Planning
  • Prevocational Services
  • Job Development
  • Supported Employment
  • Transportation
Employment Skills
  • Assessing Situations
  • Business Skills
  • Communication & Social Skills
  • Independent Decision Making
  • Math and Money Skills
  • Workplace Safety & Mobility
  • Responsibility & Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management

Blue Sky also works with local schools to assist students in transitioning from high school to employment.

Customized Employment Services

Employment begins with Career Planning. 

Today’s employers routinely have large pools of job applicants to choose from, making it very difficult for individuals with disabilities to gain employment. Customized employment is a process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized determination of strengths, needs, and interests of the person with a disability, while  designed to meet the specific needs of the employer. This process fits the skills, interests, strengths, and support needs of the job seeker while at the same time meeting the needs of the employer.

Career Planning

Career Planning is a person-centered approach to gaining successful employment. Traditional assessments and evaluations are not used.  At Blue Sky we seek to learn about the individual through observation and personal engagement. The focus of the team is on the skills and interests the individual possesses that can be built upon, while matching the existing and teachable skills that are lacking. Career Planning concludes with a career profile matching the unique abilities and interests of the individual seeking employment This service is a 90 day process.

Prevocational Services

Prevocational Services refers to the training program for the individual seeking employment.  The design of the training is determined by the findings of the Career Planning process.  The trainings are specific to the needs of the individual, and be approved for up to 6 months for those with eligible DMH funding. 

Prevocational Services include volunteering, simulated work settings at Blue Sky, task oriented trainings,  communication skills, appropriate work behaviors, personal care work trials, and other areas related to a successful move to employment. This service is a pathway towards individualized employment .

Blue Sky Employment Team will continue to build relationships with employers throughout the Career Planning and Prevocational Services processes by learning the needs of the employer that the current work force may not be meeting.

Individual Supported Employment

Individual Supported Employment is competitive work in an integrated work setting with on-going Blue Sky support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The outcome of this service is sustained, paid integrated community employment where the individual has chosen to become employed (including self-employment situations) and work experience leading to further career development.

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