UW EP Annual Report (2015)


UW EP Annual Report (2016)

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

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

The UW Employment Program served 113 people in 2016. Of these, 94 are currently active clients, 5 exited the program during 2016 (see employment outcomes below) and 14 are waiting to begin services. We provided a wide variety of community based services to the 94 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 94 individuals.

Client Demographics:

Gender:

Of these 94, 62 are male and 32 are female.

Age:

The average age of all clients served is 36 years. The youngest client is 16 and the oldest client is 68.

Ethnicity:

Count %
White 77 82%
Asian 5 5%
African American 3 3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3 3%
Hispanic 1 1%
Other 3 3%
Unknown 2 2%
Total 94 100%

The largest ethnic group served was Caucasian (N=77), the next largest group was Asian (N=5), followed by Black/African-American (N=3) and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (N=3).

Initial Referral:

In 2016, 29 new clients were referred to UWEP. Of these, 10 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 (6). The remaining were self-referred (1), referred by their school (1) and referred by a family member or friend (2).

Quantity of Services:

During 2016, the total number of service hours reported for the 94 clients was 6,635. 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 72.1 hours.

Employment Outcomes:

Of the 94 clients served, 82 were employed for all or part of 2016, including 21 new placements. Seventy-seven clients had employment by year end. Five clients were still in job development at the end of the year. Seven clients were being provided pre-employment services, or were still in school and were not seeking employment. Five clients exited UWEP; 1 moved, 2 successfully obtained employment and did not require ongoing support services and 2 elected to leave the program for other various reasons, including funding and health reasons.

Employment Outcomes in 2016

Figure 1: Employment outcomes

Client Hours worked:

Six UWEP clients worked full time (>35hours/week) in 2016, 28 worked between 20 and 34 hours/week and 48 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 2016 earned at (N=21) or over (N=54) the minimum wage 1 with an average wage of $12.43/hour. 48% 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 16 19.5%
$10.01 to $14.99/hour 50 61%
More than $15/hour 16 19.5%
Total 82 100%

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 2016

Figure 2: Percentage of clients employed by job classification

Client Satisfaction:

Thirty-one 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 2016 was $9.47