UW EP Annual Report (2014)


UW EP Annual Report (2015)

Kurt Johnson, Ph.D., Director
kjohnson@u.washington.edu

Abbey Lawrence, M.Ed., BCBA
Associate Director
abbeyl@uw.edu

The UW Employment Program served 110 people in 2015. Of these, 86 are currently active clients, 6 exited the program during 2015 (see employment outcomes below) and 16 are waiting to begin services. We provided a wide variety of community based services to the 86 individuals on our active caseload, including: functional assessments on actual work sites, job development and training, and long-term follow-up. Here, we report the demographic and outcome data for these 89 individuals.

Client Demographics:

Gender:

Of these 86, 53 are male and 33 are female.

Age:

The average age of all clients served is 36 years. The youngest client is 20 and the oldest client is 67.

Ethnicity:

Count %
White 69 80%
Asian 5 6%
African American 4 5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 2 2%
Other 2 2%
Unknown 1 1%
Not indicated 3 4%
Total 86 100%

The largest ethnic group served was Caucasian (N=69), the next largest group was Asian (N=5), Black/African-American (N=4), followed by Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (N=2).

Initial Referral:

In 2015, 24 new clients were referred to UWEP. Of these, 8 completed the intake process and began receiving services, including community-based assessments, job placement and job retention services. Clients receiving services were most frequently referred by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (5). The remaining were self-referred (1), referred by their school (1) and referred by a family member or friend (1). The remaining 16 individuals are waiting to begin services.

Quantity of Services:

During 2015, the total number of service hours reported for the 86 clients was 5,711. The majority of these service hours were for job development, retention, replacement and follow-along for clients receiving long-term funding through King County Developmental Disabilities Division (KCDD). The average number of service hours per client was 67.5 hours.

Employment Outcomes:

Of the 92 clients served in 2015, 75 were employed for all or part of 2015, including 11 new placements. Six clients exited UWEP; 1 retired, 1 moved, 1 successfully obtained employment and did not require ongoing support services and 3 elected to leave the program for other various reasons, including funding and behavior challenges. Fourteen clients remained unemployed at year’s end and in the job development phase, including one client who is in high school and will graduate in June, 2016.

Employment Outcomes in 2015

Figure 1: Employment outcomes

Client Hours worked:

Six UWEP clients worked full time (>35hours/week) in 2015, 26 worked between 20 and 34 hours/week and 43 worked <20 hours/week. The average number of hours worked per week was 16.5.

Client Wages and Benefits:

100% of the clients employed in 2015 earned at (N=21) or over (N=54) the minimum wage 1 with an average wage of $11.87/hour. 44% of the employed clients reported at least 1 employer-provided benefit. These benefits include vacation, health care, sick leave and retirement.

Count %
Minimum wage to $10/hour 21 28%
$10.01 to $14.99/hour 47 61%
More than $15/hour 8 11%
Total 76 100%

Types of Employment:

UWEP clients work in a variety of employment settings. Figure 2 shows the percentage of clients employed by job classification.

type of employment in 2015

Figure 2: Percentage of clients employed by job classification

Client Satisfaction:

Nineteen clients completed our satisfaction with services survey. These surveys are sent to our clients at the conclusion of services (e.g., assessment, job training, job placement, or when exiting our program). Of these, 100% reported satisfaction with our services and would recommend our services to others. We gauge satisfaction with our services by asking questions related to: accessibility of our office, responsiveness to inquiries, and timeliness, e.g., amount of time between initial inquiry and intake.


1Minimum wage in 2015 was $9.47