Community Employment

“Contribution in the community as a valued, interdependent member occurs when human dignity is respected and opportunities are provided for each individual to pursue their unique path of development and fulfillment.” – Source: APSE

When people with disabilities find meaningful work with the accompanying benefits like income and social interaction, their overall quality of life improves. Their economic power increases and their self-image improves.

How Does Via Help People Find Jobs?

Via works to provide employment opportunities based on each person’s aspirations, interests, needs and skills. We work with Lehigh Valley businesses to find a good match and establish follow-along and ongoing support that meet the needs of both the employee and the business.

Via helps people determine what types of jobs they would like to explore, and then partners with local employers to provide job assessments.  This allows people to experience different types of work to better determine their likes, dislikes and skills.

Our staff work one-on-one with adults throughout the process, from job development to job coaching and follow-along support. We help adults increase their natural network of support, like family, neighbors, friends and co-workers, to help ensure job stability.

How Do People Get Connected with Via to Help them find a Job?

Referrals for Community Employment Services come from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of Developmental Programs, Ticket to Work, Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Long Term Learning, individuals seeking employment, families and other sources. Admission for Via Community Employment Services is based on an adult’s desire to work, not on perceived ability. Our admission staff assist individuals and families in accessing necessary funds to begin this process.

For more information, contact:
Alivia Weidler, Intake Manager, OVR Services
A.Weidler@ViaNet.org | 610-628-2326 x502

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COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE:

To comply with Governor Wolf’s mandate that non-essential businesses be closed and with guidance from the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), that funds many of our programs, Small Group Employment, many Community Employment Services, Creative Expressions Adult Training Facility and Prevocational Workshop are closed for participants until the mandate is lifted. 

However, ODP has determined that home and community-based services are considered life-sustaining and are exempt from the Governor’s directive asking for the closure of all non-essential businesses.  Therefore, Via will provide limited Community Participation supports, In-Home services and Behavioral Support services.  As we learn more from ODP, coordinators will reach out to participants about services that are available.  We are reaching out to Via staff now to determine who can provide these services. 

Coordinators are working remotely and are available by email or phone to answer your questions.  Please contact your coordinator by email or phone if you need anything or email Via@ViaNet.org.