Services offered and The Breaking Barriers Vision

Breaking Barriers program design allows for various services to be provided to individuals with developmental disabilities. These services include but are not limited to a community emersion program, tailor services, customized employment, paid internship program and supported employment. Within the community emersion program, Breaking Barriers looks to assist individuals in increasing vocational skills, education goals, and/or community involvement through volunteer opportunities. This service is typically offered at a 1:3 ratio. In regards to supported and customized employment, Breaking Barriers looks to assist individuals in obtaining paid employment within their communities. To achieve this, Breaking Barriers will utilize Westside Regional Centers paid internship program, the Department of Rehabilitation, and develop relationships with businesses and organizations in the community. This service is typically offered at a 1:1 ratio. Breaking Barriers recognizes that each situation is unique and is open to alternative support structures. These services will be provided in the natural environment to achieve maximum success.

Supported Employment

Supported Employment provides job coaching services at a 1:1 coach to client ratio for individual placements and 1:3 for group placements.

 This service is provided in collaboration with the California Department of Rehabilitation and Westside Regional Center.

  • Highly Trained Job Coaches
  • On-Site Training for Employees
  • Full Service Tax Credit Support
  • CARF Certified Program
  • Quality Assurance Emphasis
  • Low Employee Turnover
  • Job Analysis and Safety Review

Customized Employment (individual placement only, no contract work, no sub-minimum wage):

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Customized Employment may include employment developed through job carving, self-employment or entrepreneurial initiatives, or other job development or restructuring strategies that result in job responsibilities being customized and individually negotiated to fit the needs of individuals with a disability. Our service assists job seekers with finding jobs tailored to his or her unique talents. This may include a job carved out to suit specific abilities, self-employment, or entrepreneurship.

  • Pairs the job seeker with a Vocational Specialist who assesses talents, strengths and abilities
  • Works on interview skills, resume building, benefits planning and the development of personal network
  • Provides coaching as needed to master job skills
  • Guidance for business planning and operations for self-employment

Tailored Service Option

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