Featured Video: The Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA)
Jay Nolan Community Services partners with the College of the Canyons to give students with high-functioning autism an opportunity to train and work in the manufacturing field through the Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA), an innovative and focused job-training program, specializing in CNC machining.
At Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS), our Employment and Personalized Day Support programs are together for a reason.
Employment at Jay Nolan Community Services is the highest priority for all people! We believe that everyone should have a job they love and find fulfilling with earned income and valued social roles. Our Personalized Day Support services are meant to be a complement to employment, not a substitute. So, if an individual works 20 hours a week, Personalized Day Support would provide services around the hours of employment and then assist the person to find volunteer work, attend school, and consider opening up their own business. We do this by providing coaching, assistance, mentoring, financial planning and benefits management, and accessing public and private resources.
External Situational Assessment (ESA):
ESA is a Department of Rehabilitation Service (DOR). DOR will make a referral for someone whom they would like to have assistance in exploring what employment options may be available to them.
Once a referral is made, an appointment is made is with a job developer dependent of geographical location. 40 hours is the commitment of the service. During that time the following activities take place:
- Personalized employment plan is written with goals identified.
- Accessing your local WorkSource
- Volunteer/paid employment is identified
- Job shadowing/observation
- Resources identified i.e. assistive technology
- Meeting with your circle of support to gather information on ideal conditions for employment that will make you successful
Once information has been gathered a final report is sent to your DOR Counselor for your next steps of employment.
Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Employment Service
- Intake: a review of the job choice, job plan and local labor market is assessed, as well as prior work history. A resumé is completed and an employment plan with goals is developed.
- Employment Preparation Services: the individual and job develop will review interviewing techniques, completing job applications, understanding workplace culture, benefits planning and identifying additional resources that may be needed by the individual to make them successful in the workplace i.e. transportation needs.
- Job Development: the individual works in partnership with their job developer, during the development of an employment plan the number of job applications obtained-identifying job openings, understanding qualifications for specific places of employment is determined. Your job developer may go on interviews with you, making the initial contact, consult with prospective employer, negotiate the right job for you and assist in placement to meet your employment goals.
- Job Placement: once you have gotten the job, you and your job developer work on understanding your job description, transportation needs, performance expectations, your benefits, company policies and workplace culture, safety practices, probation and performance evaluation procedures.
- Job Coaching: sometimes there is a need for you to receive job coaching. Job coaching is very time limited and is based on ensuring your success on the job. You will be paired with a coach that will assist you on your needs based on your employment. Each placement is very individualized, thus goals are different for everyone. We typically provide about 3 months of coaching at about 20% of the time that you are employed i.e. if you are employed 25 hours a week, coaching could be at 2.5 hours.
- Retention: Once you have been on the job for a while, your job developer will contact you and/or your supervisor to ensure that you are successful. Once you have been on the job for 3 months, you are deemed successful and you no longer need our services.
Assisting People to Work in the Community
Employment is a major part of everyone’s life. For lots of people it is just a paycheck. For others, it becomes a badge of independence, a way to gain self-respect, and a way of saying to the world that they have capabilities that are meaningful and they want to share it and give back to society. Our Supported Employment program is CARF accredited. Click here to view survey report
The Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA)
In collaboration with the College of the Canyons
Starting in 2018, Jay Nolan Community Services has collaborated with the innovative Uniquely Abled Project (UAP), which shifts the paradigm of thinking from “disabled” to “uniquely abled.” JNCS and College of the Canyons (COC) work together to identify and train individuals to participate in the CNC training program through the Economic Development Division at COC. This intensive career preparation program gives job seekers with high functioning autism an opportunity to start a new career as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinist.
The 12-week program includes over 300 hours of in-class instruction led by a highly experienced CNC operator and instructor, plus 60 hours of focus on job readiness, soft skills, and open laboratory. Trainees learn to program, setup, and operate CNC machines combined with using quality control instruments, shop mathematics and blueprint reading. Graduates will qualify for a number of entry-level positions, including machine trainee, machinist apprentice, CNC operator, and CNC programmer.
Access to Community Employment – ACE:
The program allows for an individual with an employment goal to take a holistic approach to job development. The team that supports an individual works closely in discovering ideal employment conditions, matching skills to employer need with the overall success of individual being the employment focus. This department has two well trained individuals supervising the process and overall support of the staff and individuals based on this model.
Resources to Ensure More Informed Choices for the Future
Throughout the employment department, benefits planning is offered. Resources are given to individuals and their families and/or support networks to ensure that an informed choice is made when making decisions for the future. DB101.org is a great resource when trying to quell concerns regarding the amount of money earned could possibly affect a person’s benefit (SSI). This service is supported throughout on an individual basis, unique to a person’s specific situation.
Ticket to Work
Self-Sufficiency Program with SSA
The Ticket to Work (TTW) and Self-Sufficiency Program is a work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The TTW Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. This Act, and its corresponding Regulations (20 CFR Part 411), are designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced a beneficiary’s decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing cash benefits and health care coverage.
What is a Ticket?
The “Ticket” can be used to obtain employment services and support from State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies such as the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) or SSA-approved service providers called Employment Network (EN) under the TTW program.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Grant Program is an IRS initiative designed to promote and support free tax preparation service. This service targets low-to-moderate income individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those where English is a second language.
Related Article: Jay Nolan Community Services Now Offers VITA Tax Return Preparation
Individualized 1 to 1 Support
We believe that everyone should be an active member of their community. Day program provides an individualized 1 staff to 1 supported individual service. It facilitates natural interactions and encourages relationships among individuals with and without disabilities in all environments. Day program staff is here to “walk the walk” with people we support and to assist individuals to become independent. We help people to develop a plan that is based on their interest and likes. Based on this information, we tailor a schedule of daily activities per a person’s preferences and interests. Individuals in this program participate in a variety of individualized activities in their community, such as volunteer work, vocational classes, mobility training, physical fitness and community safety.
One of the main goals is to get individuals to experience work by providing volunteer work activities at a part of their schedule. We seek to find volunteer work that matches an individual’s interests and skills. Many individuals volunteer 2-4 days a week. The hope is for individuals to transition to an employment service, so as to be gainfully employed.
JNCS is no longer taking on new consumers to this program. For more information, please contact us at (818) 361-6400 x122.
As an Employment Network, JNCS offers:
- Job development and placement
- Job coaching
- Direct placement services
- Micro-enterprise/self employment support
- Employer consultation
- Advocacy assistance
- Vocational profiling
- Social Security wage reporting
- Benefits planning & management