IOTI - Supported and Customized Employment

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Project Context
Adult service programs are continually looking for training and development for their staff. The objective of the proposed project is to continue the project training efforts and to respond to the unique nature of adult service systems by providing efficient, convenient, and comprehensive employment training to direct service staff, other related professionals, and parent groups. The project delivers live and online synchronous training using technology at the Dept of special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University.

Project Focus:

The Utah Employment Specialist Training project (USET) trains paraprofessionals to serve as job coaches in supported employment using a competency-based approach that teaches both knowledge and application of knowledge in the field. Community service agencies and organizations can refer employees for the training on topics pertinent to experienced job coaches and the consumers they serve.

USET conducts a minimum of five, 40-hour trainings for direct service employment specialists that align with evidence-based practices and ACRE basic employment certificate competencies that will also be accessible online. Six 6-hour introductory trainings are offered for new employment specialists. In addition five online synchronous or live trainings on topics related to employment of people with disabilities.