UW EP Annual Report (2016)


UW EP Annual Report (2017)

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

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

The UW Employment Program served 121 people in 2017. Of these, 100 are currently active clients, 11 exited the program during 2017 (see employment outcomes below) and 10 are waiting to begin services. We provided a wide variety of community based services to the 110 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 110 individuals.

Client Demographics:

Gender:

Of these 110, 80 are male and 30 are female.

Age:

The average age of all clients served is 34 years. The youngest client is 16 and the oldest client is 69.

Ethnicity:

Count %
White 90 82%
Asian 5 5%
African American 4 4%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3 3%
Hispanic 2 2%
Other 3 3%
Unknown 3 3%
Total 110 100%

The largest ethnic group served was Caucasian (N=90), the next largest group was Asian (N=5), followed by Black/African-American (N=4) and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (N=3).

Initial Referral:

In 2017, 38 new clients were referred to UWEP. Of these, 23 completed the intake process and began receiving services, including community-based assessments, job placement´╝î job retention and Pre-ETS(Pre Employment Transition Services). Clients receiving services were most frequently referred by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (9) or a family member or friend(9). The remaining were referred by their school (4), or self-referred(1).

Quantity of Services:

During 2017, the total number of service hours reported for the 110 clients was 8,546. 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 79.1 hours.

Employment Outcomes:

Of the 110 clients served, 83 were employed for all or part of 2017, including 15 new placements. Seventy-three clients had employment by year end. For those not employed by year-end, 4 were completing CBAs, 5 were in job development, 12 were being provided pre-employment services, or were not looking for paid employment. Nine clients exited UWEP in 2017; 1 moved, 2 retired, 2 successfully obtained employment or completed their contract, and 4 elected to leave the program for other various reasons, including funding and health reasons.

Employment Outcomes in 2017

Figure 1: Employment outcomes

Client Hours worked:

Eight UWEP clients worked full time (>35hours/week) in 2017, 1 worked between 35-39 hours/week, 22 worked between 20 and 34 hours/week and 52 worked < 20 hours/week. The average number of hours worked per week was 16.

Client Wages and Benefits:

Washington State increased minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017. 100% of the clients employed in 2017 earned at or over the minimum wage with an average wage of $13.43/hour. 41% of the employed clients reported at least 1 employer-provided benefit. These benefits include vacation, health care, sick leave and/or retirement.

Count Percent %
Less than $11/hour 0 0%
$11.00 to $14.99/hour 49 56%
More than $15.00/hour 24 30%

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 2017

Figure 2: Percentage of clients employed by job classification