Supported and Extended Employment

Self-Employment

When a person is self-employed, he works for himself. To be successfully self-employed, a person must be able to perform a service or provide a product that is in demand by the public.

There are both positive and negative aspects of self-employment. Some positive aspects of self-employment include flexible hours and independence. Some negative aspects include unpredictable pay, providing your own benefits (health care and benefits), and long hours.

Extended Employment

In the Extended Employment program, a job coach will check with the worker and/or her employer a minimum of two times per month to ensure that the job is going well. If needed, the job coach will provide additional training assistance. In summary, the Supported and Extended Employment programs work together, the Supported Employment program helps workers with disabilities to get jobs and the Extended Employment program helps them keep their jobs.