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Employment Services

Access was founded to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and that work has remained a core part of our services.  Today, more than 500 people across all our services receive employment supports because the identification, pursuit, and achievement of education and employment goals is critical to health, independence, and social connectedness. 

In addition to employment supports embedded in programs providing supported housing, mental health recovery services, and services for families and children, Access’s Employment Services include:

Supported Employment (SEMP)

SEMP provides the support individuals need to obtain and maintain paid competitive jobs in the community. Individuals will typically transition to SEMP after they have received supported employment services funded by ACCES-VR and require limited job coaching to successfully maintain their employment.

Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment offers an individualized planning process that helps eligible individuals enrolled in the Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBS) identify a career or vocational direction. By providing instruction and training in job readiness skills, participants develop a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the New York State minimum wage.

Employment Training Program (ETP)

The Employment Training Program (ETP) offers job seekers with developmental disabilities opportunities to pursue internships in community businesses with the goal of gaining paid employment. ETP provides a comprehensive process to assist you in learning about the world of work, gaining real work experience, acquiring work skills, building relationships at work, and maintaining quality employment.