Services and supports
Success at finding and keeping a job is more likely when a person's employment supports work in coordination with supports in other areas of his or her life, such as housing, daily living and medical care.
Formal supports include:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services. This department, which is part of the Minnesota Department of Economic and Employment Development, helps people with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment. Services include career counseling, training and long-term support for career development.
- Schools. When youth with disabilities are in secondary transition — ages 14 to 22 — employment-related activities can be supported at school through Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In many schools, work coordinators help students build essential skills for employment.
- Lead agencies. Counties or tribes administer home and community-based service waivers, which help people with disabilities get and keep competitive, integrated employment. These waivers also provide other services to support successful community living.
Other supports address:
- Assistive technology
- Disability disclosures
- Reasonable accommodations
Vocational Rehabilitation Services overview | Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
School-based secondary transition services | Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota's home and community-based waivers | Minnesota Department of Human Services
Disclosure decision guide | Virginia Commonwealth University
Job supports and accommodations: The basics | Disability Benefits 101
Understanding Minnesota's STAR program: System of Technology to Achieve Results | Minnesota Department of Administration
Statewide public transit options | Minnesota Department of Transportation
Local support service resources | MinnesotaHelp.info
Through collaboration, state and federal funds can be used in creative ways to help people with disabilities achieve competitive, integrated employment. As you work with various partners across the state, consider these examples — which may stimulate conversations and ideas about coordinated, innovative plans for employment.