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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