(Vocational Rehabilitation) VR refers Deaf and hard of hearing clients to FCD. Employment specialists work with them in preparing for and finding employment. Support is provided, including interpreters, in the workplace for up to 90 days following placement. Employment training is also available.
Lisa Kingston is an Employment Specialist/Job Coach partnering with Vocational Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of the SPC Interpreting Program. She previously owned a restaurant for 15 yrs. For more information regarding the VR referral process, you can contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get ready to take the next step into employment after graduating high school with the Family Center on Deafness Work Readiness Training. Topics covered include:
- Team building
- Completing job applications
- Resume development
- Interviewing skills
- Navigating your community
- Handling worked related conflict and social interaction
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is an opportunity for an employer, to mentor a person with a disability, helping them develop the skills needed to realize their career goals. During OJT, the trainee interacts on a regular basis with employees who do not have disabilities, holds a regular position, and is paid no less than minimum wage. OJT helps people with disabilities get used to the employment environment while gaining valuable work experience.
VR staff will arrange the OJT and coordinate placing the person in the training and any follow-up services needed. Staff will work closely with all parties to develop an OJT experience that will benefit both the trainee and the employer. After training begins, VR staff will continue to offer support to the trainee and employer, including assistance with invoicing.
(High School and Beyond)
Support for Deaf and hard of hearing young adults in making the change from being students in their parents’ homes to living on their own, whether they choose to continue their education or enter the work force. Includes regular sessions during the academic year, starting in middle school, to prepare teens for the life decisions they will face after finishing high school.