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employment Services For
In-School Youth

Job Exploration

Job Exploration is a comprehensive combination of Interest and Aptitude testing (i.e., Career Scope; SDS; TABE; hands on aptitude testing). It includes, at least 5 days of an actual work assessment in the community (20 hours across two work environments). This work assessment should accommodate individual needs. This work assessment is expected to be administered in a community-based work experience that occurs in an integrated setting.

Community Based Work Experience

Community Based Work Experience is a Community-based Assessment used to provide vocational experiences in order to assist an individual with vocational exploration and vocational goal determination. It also provides information on vocational interests and preferences and job duties. It assesses their limitations in the job performance and work requirements, as well as behavioral and interpersonal issues. The location of the CBWE sites must be in real work settings in the community, and clients must be paid minimum wage for their work hours.

The length of an CBWE may vary, but usually lasts 10 days, with the work day occurring over a typical work day, ensuring that the assessment provides accurate information on performance for that occupation (a minimum of 4 hours per day).

Summer Work

Summer Work provides the opportunities for youth with disabilities to experience first-hand the world of work.  ORS and Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRP) will partner to provide employment experiences incorporating a stipend for work. Students with disabilities who are still in school or are recent graduates may be targeted for participation in this program. Priority is given for youth who have not previously participated in ORS summer work.

This is a 5-day, 4-week, 20 hours-per-week program, which provides a stipend for a community-based work experience at one integrated worksite in the community. The CRP provider, ORS Counselor and employed youth review findings and recommendations at the conclusion of the summer work experience.

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