In June 2016, King County hosted the Kitsap County Civilian Navy to share best practices about supported employment in order to assist them to grow and develop their own Supported Employment Program. During the Navy’s visit they toured the workplaces of three employees: Jennifer in DES Records and Licensing Division, Tony in DPH Financial and Administrative section, and Kirsten in DCHS Community Services Division, who showcased their work.
Debra Wood, Kirsten’s supervisor, states, “It’s been wonderful to see Kirsten grow. [The Supported Employment Program] is a terrific! I want everybody who has a developmental disability to have the opportunity to experience this kind of support to help them grow into who they know they can be.”
Watch the short video below that highlights the Supported Employment Program and the Navy tour. Please contact Christina Davidson, Supported Employment Program Manager, to learn more about ways you can take advantage of this program.
In addition to King County’s program, the Navy also tour Microsoft’s Supported Employment Program to gather ideas from the private sector. More private and public sector organizations are seeing the benefits of inclusive hiring and developing programs to increase representation of individuals with developmental disabilities.
“It is very exciting to see large organizations in the both the private and public sector solve their business needs utilizing this untapped workforce,” says Christina Davidson, King County’s Supported Employment Program Manager.