A UCP of Southern Arizona employment services program. WorkAbility is an individualized and supportive employment program dedicated to teaching and preparing people with disabilities for competitive, integrated and sustainable work opportunities in the Tucson area. We also help with resume building, job searching, interview strategies, assist with job placement, and more.
This is a Rehabilitation Services of Arizona Service
These classes are meant to be a student’s first steps down the road to employment, education, and/or independent living. Class duration is negotiable, depending on the topic and the needs of the school and/or student. The student is required to meet the eligibility criteria. Must be between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age and have a documented disability. Please contact Brande Kitzberger at (520) 795-3108 or email@example.com for more information. The following are topics offered under this service:
Job Exploration Counseling: Explore educational, training, and skill requirements for various careers
Work-Based Learning Experiences: Hands-on skills practice and assessments
Post-Secondary Education Planning: Discover college/training options and promote a smooth transition from high school
Workplace Readiness Training: Develop soft skills related to employment and independent living
Instruction in Self-Advocacy: Cultivate self-determination and learn disability rights
The Starting Line for Employment Classes are 20 weeks long. We have three levels of the curriculum. The classes will complete internships and/or class projects that explore what work looks like and how to do tasks on a job site. We work with local businesses to provide this experience. There is also an entrepreneurship piece to the curriculum where students can practice selling a product, marketing and making products to sell, and doing research. Below are some of the topics we cover in these programs. For more info contact Brande Kitzberger or Vanessa Zuber at (520) 795-3108:
Rehabilitation Instructional Services (RIS) is a VR service that provides instruction in the following areas:
Job Development is pre-employment supports such as resume building, learning job searching techniques, filling out applications, interview strategies, mock interviews, etc. The goal is to assist people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining competitive employment in integrated work environments consistent with the client’s selected vocational goal, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. These services can be both VR and DDD services.
Job Coaching is support provided to both the employee and the employer. This may include task analysis, on or off-site training, advocating, conflict resolution, and transition supports that will assist the individual in sustaining the job. The purpose of this service is to support a client while employed in a competitive job making at least minimum wage. The client will receive support on-site with a job coach and may also receive additional skill training away from the job site. The goal of this service is to assist the client in gaining the skills and training necessary so the client retains the job after supports end. This service can be both VR and DDD services.
Supported Education is the supports needed by a student in college. It would include assistance with enrollment in school, the FAFSA, registering for classes, signing up with the Access & Disability Resources (ADR), and monitoring of the student’s progress in classes. For more information contact Julie Williams (520) 795-3108 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info on all these services contact email@example.com
WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC.
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Think Beyond the Label is a public-private network that works to increase employment for qualified job seekers with disabilities.
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TBTL showcases companies’ investments in diversifying their workforce – and the success stories that come with that.
The message is simple: labels get in the way, disabilities rarely do.
Arizona has an APSE chapter, they are working with multiple employment and state agencies to bring awareness, resources, and training to Arizona employers, individuals and job developers. WorkAbility is proud to be a chapter member. Click on the link below for more information.
If anyone is interested in becoming a member of this chapter click here.
Our mission is to foster collaborations that make emerging technologies accessible. To support workplaces in using inclusive technologies that engage the skills of employees with disabilities. To build a future that works. For more info, click here
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures. EARN offers information and resources to empower individuals and organizations to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities. For more info, click here
We take a holistic approach to supporting a person on their employment and/or journey to independence. “Life without Limits for All!” We follow Employment First Principles and customized employment practices. We also encourage self-determination in each other and in our members.
We value customer service and truly focus on providing quality services to our members and employers we provide services and conduct business with.
We do not enable or HAND OUT jobs. Jobs are earned if a person wants to work!
We incorporate Person Centered Practices in all of our sessions and classroom settings.
We believe people deserve the opportunity to possess a sense of ownership of their lives, feel supported in being a “Real” person – a human being with needs, wants, and desires.
Participating, leading , and having choices on what their life may look like, is what every adult experiences. This is key to leading an empowered, inclusive, and successful life!
We expect all of our employees to practice self – determination for themselves and encourage this in the members and students WorkAbility supports.
Self-Determination is the foundation to being able to work, live independently, have relationships, and navigate general adulthood activities.
We expect all of our employees to participate in building partnerships and breaking down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
Our staff are capable in discussing benefits in hiring people with a disability and modelling best practices.
These are additional keys to successful employment.
The support happens for both members and employers!
We expect our coaches to follow the mission, policies and procedures, work ethic, Employment First principles, and overall philosophy of the WorkAbility program and UCP of Southern AZ.
We expect coaches to have a positive attitude, be professional, and be willing to learn and support alongside the person they are supporting.
We have a regional office serving the cities south of Tucson (Sahuarita to Nogales).
UCP of Southern Arizona
1131 S. La Cañada Drive, Suite 105
Green Valley, AZ 85614
On Call: 520.955.1706
We also provide services in Yuma!
UCP of Southern Arizona
333 W. 8th Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
On Call: 928.750.5554