SCHOOL-TO-WORK TAKES A TEAM APPROACH TO FINDING A JOB BEFORE LEAVING SCHOOL.

PICTURED: Celeste, employed at Safeway and David employed at Levy Foods.

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DIRECT SERVICES TO STUDENTS INCLUDE:

An Employment Consultant who will work with the student and collaborate with parents and the adult services system. They’ll provide a skills assessment, job matching, job placement, benefits planning, and will coordinate resources for students and families.

THE JOURNEY TO EMPLOYMENT STARTS HERE

Graduating from high school is an important and complicated rite of passage. For students with disabilities, it can be particularly challenging. Our objective is to assist students with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life with a job in the community. By combining a student’s desire to work, a strong support team, and AtWork!’s team of Employment Consultants, we can make it happen. Transition services support all students in creating a vision of community-based supported employment.

AtWork! works closely with our community school districts, students, and families to support students and their career goals. Our services support the students and their families as they transition from school-based services to personalized plans, skills assessments, job matching, and placement.

WHAT IS SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT?

Supported Employment is a service in which people with disabilities are assisted with obtaining and maintaining employment. AtWork! provides Employment Consultants to match qualified candidates to the needs of an employer. We support the job candidates through the application process, interviewing, on-boarding, training, retention of employment, as well as on-going career growth. The Employment Consultant also provides training and support to co-workers and supervisors on disability-related topics as well as how best to work with the employee.

THE ATWORK! PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

BY AGE 18:
We’ll assist you and your student with the processes of apply for DDA, SSI, Medicaid, guardianship, and DVR. We’ll assist with obtaining a WA State ID card for your student, then by developing a transition team who will interview employment providers and assist with determining access to transportation.
BY AGE 20:
We’ll have your student participate in community-based work experiences to create an employment goal. We’ll develop a resume and employment profile to begin job development. In job development, we’ll find your employer match and begin preparing for the job application and interviews.
BY AGE 21:
We’ll complete your student’s transition with a paid job in the community. We’ll start job training and implement on-going paid employment support. We’ll assist with benefits planning and develop an on-going career path service plan.

OUR 2019 INCLUSION CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

AtWork! is honored to award the 2019 Inclusion Champion of the Year award to the Bellevue School District. In our almost ten years of successful partnership, we can say without a doubt that they are an extraordinary team of educators, endlessly working to ensure that all students receive equitable services and have access to all necessary resources. As a district, they are comprised of diverse voices and perspectives and are an exemplary example of inclusion.

READY TO GET STARTED?

AtWork! partners with the following school districts: Bellevue, Kent, Snoqualmie Valley, Riverview, Mercer Island, Shoreline, Issaquah, Spokane, and Central Valley.

Services are available in other districts! Connect with us for more information. You can also connect with us at (425) 274-4000 or at info@atworkwa.org.