The Employment Process
Via helps participants identify job interests and the support necessary to guide the job search. Once a potential position is identified, our employment consultants work closely with the prospective employee and employer to find the right job for a our participant and to provide the employer with someone whose skills benefit the company’s productivity, efficiency and profitability.
Via provides job training and orientation, and support continues as long needed — but typically becomes unnecessary as the employee acclimates to their work situation and responsibilities.
What Is Job Discovery?
Discovery is the active process of investigating an individual’s work interests and passions in the work world. Discovery is about figuring out someone’s ideal conditions of employment.
Assessment, Training & Follow-up
At Via, we understand that everyone has unique needs. We work with each individual to develop a program that best suits those needs. Participants, their families and caregivers are involved in the assessment process. A variety of options may be evaluated before a selection is made. Training is then provided. Most importantly, services don’t cease once an individual is hired. Follow-up evaluation is provided to meet changing needs.
Our staff assist individuals with:
- Job Exploration – discovering work interests and abilities.
- Job Development – finding a job matching those interests.
- Job Coaching – Helping learn the skills of a particular job.
- Job Support – Helping both the worker and employer with issues of job performance in a way that helps assure on-going success at the job site.
The program begins with community-based assessments at actual job sites. Once a referral is made, an assessment of the individual’s passions, employment interests and supports is completed. Job Development occurs following a successful assessment. A Via employment specialist is assigned to the individual to help them find a job. Once a job is attained, Job Coaching is available from a Via coach. Skills such as transportation training, communicating with the boss and maintaining the job are taught in addition to learning the job.
Via provides a vocational assessment service to assist people with disabilities to determine their work abilities and interests. Assessments are done in the community at actual businesses to provide the opportunity to experience real community employment. Via staff can assist a person with a disability in pursuing funds for assessment services as well as the services recommended as a result of the assessment. Via’s goal is to complete the assessment from intake to team meeting within six weeks.
Via’s staff first interview the person with a disability as well as the family and staff who know them best to help decide the vocational areas to use for assessment. Typically, assessments are scheduled in three to four vocational areas for two to four days each, based on individual need and interest. Via’s assessment coordinators provide one-on-one supervision during the assessment period. Task analysis and systematic instruction are used. The assessment gives the person with a disability the opportunity to try different types of work to help make an informed choice of work. The assessment process also gives Via staff the opportunity to assess the person’s work and social skills, support needs, endurance, etc. When the assessments are completed, a team meeting is held to review the data to outline a plan.
Via’s Job Developers take the time to match the employee with the employer. Prior to recommending a prospective employee, an extensive vocational assessment has taken place to determine the prospects work abilities and interests. Assessments are conducted in the community at actual businesses to provide the prospect the opportunity to experience real community employment.
Job Training & Coaching
Once a position is identified, Via provides a Job Coach specific to the employee. The Via Job Coach offers consultation and assistance to the employer and on-the-job orientation and training for the employee. This support continues as long as is needed, but typically becomes unnecessary as the employee becomes acclimated to the work situation and responsibilities. Via employment consultants and Job Coaches also remain available to employers for questions and help in the future.
Assessment sites in the Lehigh Valley include:
- Buza’s Greenhouse
- Delta Industries
- Easton Area Senior Center
- Federal Courthouse
- Guitar Villa
- Just Born, Inc.
- The Banana Factory
- Trains and Lanes
- Veteran’s Association Clinic
- Via Thrift Shops
- Kirkland Village
- Martin Guitar
- Radisson Hotel
- Shop Rite
A variety of assessment tasks and vocational experiences are available, including:
- Animal Care
- Customer Service
- Food Service
- Grocery Bagging
- Laundry Services
- Light Assembly
- Lobby Attendants
For more information, contact:
Alivia Weidler, Intake Manager, OVR Services
A.Weidler@ViaNet.org | 610-628-2326 x502
How to get involved
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.