Providers that support and assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment must have a vast understanding of employment from all perspectives. They must be able to educate the individuals they support on the benefits and rights of employees with disabilities. They must be able to provide relevant information to employers on the benefits of diversity in the workplace, the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, and the work incentives for which they may be eligible. They also need to stay current on best practices, know the legal issues surrounding workplace accommodations and disability employment, and participate in ongoing educational and training opportunities. This page provides links to great resources that will keep you at the top of your game in all areas of employment.

Professional Education

Project ECHO™ - Virtual learning communities that provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, families and others access to expert advice from professionals throughout the state and country, building capacity in home communities to implement best practices and improve outcomes

Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) - Provides training and technical assistance to systems, agencies and families interested in ensuring complete community participation of people with significant disabilities.

Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) - Supports Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community

How to become an Employment Provider

Certifications and Approved Supported Employment Curriculum Options

National CESP™ Examination - Earn the Designation of Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP™)

Dale Dileo Training Resource Network

Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

National Career Development Association (NCDA) Career Development Facilitator Training

Virginia Commonwealth University of Job Development and Job Coaching Training - Course: Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series ACRE Certified

Wyoming Employment Specialist Training (WEST)