The University of Washington Employment Program (UWEP) provides a wide variety of community based services for individuals who have a developmental, or other, disability, and are looking for work. Some of these services include: functional assessments on actual work sites, job development and matching, on the job training, and long-term follow up.
The specific services and the degree of support provided are tailored to the unique needs of each client. Clients are encouraged to directly participate in all aspects of decision making, from planning to implementation.
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UWEP is pleased to announce that it has again been awarded the highest level of accreditation offered by the Center on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
A Three Year CARF accreditation is a point of pride for the UW Employment Program. It recognizes this organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of lives of persons served with dignity and respect. CARF notes that UWEP provides comprehensive, participant centered community employment services, that are highly valued by program participants, other stakeholders, and the community at large. UWEP continues its ongoing commitment to quality improvement in providing the very best in fully integrated supported employment services.
Congratulations to the program’s clients, to the employers who believe in and benefit from their abilities, and to the UWEP team. Thank you all for making this such an ongoing success.
To learn more about CARF International, the services it offers and the criteria for accreditation, please go to www.carf.org.
We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we may earn or continue accreditation.
As part of the survey, the surveyors will interview people who receive services, their families, our staff, and others. Some questions the survey team members might ask people are:
If you would like to talk with one of the survey team members or want to learn more about CARF International, please let one of our staff members know. You may also contact CARF International directly.
*CARF International — A group of companies that includes CARF, CARF Canada, and CARF Europe.
UW Employment Program is pleased to count Community Fitness as one of the businesses that recognize and value individuals like Morgan and her contribution to our community. We are very proud of Morgan and would like to share her story with you. Please click here.
Understanding Respite Care
Respite is a break for parents and primary caregivers so they may get relief from the responsibilities of providing care to their loved one with a disability. To learn more about Respite Care and the ARC of King County, please click here.
Seattle is excited to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games (June 30 – July 6) and the University of Washington is proud to serve as a primary venue. The UW campus will be the site for the opening ceremony, athletic competitions, presentations, entertainment and more.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics Games, which were held at Soldier’s Field in Chicago in July 1968. Athletes from all 50 states will showcase their abilities and boldly demonstrate the power, joy and fellowship of the Special Olympics movement.
Ting joined the UW Employment Program in 1999 and within two months, he was hired by the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. 17 years later, Ting continues to provide his employer his very best, including a strong work ethic and positive attitude. Ting is very much appreciated by his coworkers and supervisors as you will see in this short video from the KC Employee News Letter.
The city of Seattle takes a lot of pride in the great lengths it goes to be "inclusive." that means to make sure that every voice and walk of life in the community is somehow, some way reflected in city government itself. There's one program most of us have never heard of -- and yet every year, it wins awards for how well it works. And "work" is the key word here. To learn more about the City of Seattle Supported Employment program, and learn how UW Employment Program client Todd contributes as a City of Seattle employee, please view this CityStreams Segment.
The Campaign for Disability Employment
The Campaign for Disability Employment offers employers tools and discussion guides to facilitate staff training and education efforts around the issues of disability employment and workforce diversity. The campaign also has lots of information for families, youth, and individuals with disabilities. These materials include videos and posters in English and Spanish.
Todd at Work: Seattle City Light
The city of Seattle takes a lot of pride in the great lengths it goes to be "inclusive." that means to make sure that every voice and walk of life in the community is somehow, some way reflected in city government itself. There's one program most of us have never heard of -- and yet every year, it wins awards for how well it works. And "work" is the key word here. Producer Jeff Gentes has more on the Supported Employment program.
A New Resource for Employers
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, just released by The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the White House, compiles key federal and federally-funded resources related to the employment of people with disabilities, providing employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format.
On January 15, 2015, The UW Employment Program was once again awarded the highest level of accreditation provided by CARF International www.carf.org. CARF noted that persons served and employers expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the way that the program meets their individual needs. Congratulations to our Clients, Employers and the UWEP team.
On December 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. The ABLE Act would ease the financial burden for individuals with disabilities and their families by creating tax-free accounts that can be used to save for disability-related expenses. These accounts can be created by individuals to support themselves or by families to support their dependents. The bill would create tax-exempt, state-based private savings accounts to fund disability-related expenses to supplement benefits currently provided by Social Security, Medicaid, employers, and private insurance. President Obama has already promised to sign the Act into law.
ABLE accounts should become available before the end of 2015. An overview about ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Must Know, as presented by the National Down Syndrome Society, is available at:
A Borrowing Library of Technology
“We wouldn’t have known about the correct device without the variety that WATAP had available,” Howe said during an interview. Kurt Johnson, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of the CTDS explained, “We give people the opportunity to make informed choices about technology.” Through hands-on guidance by experienced assistive technology specialists, consumers receive demonstrations of product features that will help accomplish tasks at school, work, home, and in the community. This free service is offered by appointment by calling 1-800-214-8731. The WATAP website provides a category list of available devices for individuals to explore.
Do you have questions about guardianship? Visit the Arc of Washington State’s website at http://arcwa.org/library/guardianship for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Guardianship.
The City of Seattle has won the 2014 National Employer of the Year from the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). The award went to the city’s Supported Employment program, which assists employees with disabilities to find and keep good jobs with the city.
The award recognizes a large employer who is considered to be the “best of the best in the nation” in best practices for inclusion and hiring of people with developmental disabilities. We also took home the “Best Picture” award this year for the image above, featuring City Light supported employees Todd Newcombe, TJ Maciel and Scott Richter.
The city’s program has seen a bumper crop of awards in the past 12 months, including:
Informing Families, Building Trust is a web based resource rich in information for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Visit this website for information about:
Depending on how much you earn, you may qualify for free health insurance, or for tax credits or financial help to pay for copays and premiums.
The current OPEN ENROLLMENT period to enroll in the Affordable Care Act health care coverage ENDS March 31, 2014.
By the time you read this that deadline may be less than 60 days away!
Please note that workers who lose their employer-paid coverage AFTER March 31, 2014 will be eligible to apply regardless of the closure of the Open Enrollment period.
Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/coverage OR Call: 1-855-923-4633*
*Personal Assistance is available by phone in 175 languages weekdays between 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.