The Division of Developmental Disabilities offers various employment supports and services to members that enable them to gain the skills necessary to obtain and retain employment.
The member’s Support Coordinator and Employment Services Specialist will help him or her explore and identify an appropriate job based upon work experience, education, abilities, interests, and the availability of employment within his or her community. High-school students may participate in employment and/or job-training services after the school day has ended and during school breaks.
- Individual Supported Employment: Provides on-the-job training and coaching. The member is hired by a company and paid just like any other employee.
- Employment Support Aide: Provides ongoing one-on-one support to a member to remain employed.
- Transition to Employment: Provides a member with individualized instruction, training, and support to promote skill development for integrated and competitive employment.
- Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees programs designed to assist eligible individuals who have disabilities to achieve employment outcomes and enhanced independence by offering comprehensive services and supports. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VR, Voc Rehab) provides services and supports in order to assist persons with disabilities to meet their employment goals.
- Group Supported Employment: Provides on-site supervision to a small group of members working in a community setting. Groups can range from two to six individuals. Members may be paid by the DDD service provider or the employer.
- Center-Based Employment: Provides supervised work and vocational training for a member within a contracted vendor’s facility where most of the workers have a disability. Members are paid based upon their productivity.
- Career Preparation and Readiness
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The Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program team up to provide employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Meet Nathan, who loves his job at the Texas Roadhouse in Sierra Vista, Arizona... And the folks at Texas Roadhouse who love him right back.
Because Social Security and Long-Term Care Benefits are affected by income and assets, the amount of income earned may reduce benefits.
Go to Arizona Disability Benefits 101 to learn more about benefits.