Employment Services

EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT PROGRAMS help individuals with special needs by training and assisting them with many employment opportunities. Designed to provide the supports based on the individual needs, programs include training, certification, and education to increase opportunities for career exploration.








Vocational Evaluation & Assessment

employmentVocational Development, Support and Competitive Employment Programs provide access to employment opportunities. The programs focus on strengthening vocational, socialization and communication skills to prepare individuals with disabilities for employment opportunities. Diagnostic tools are used to assess vocational interests, work tolerance, personal and social characteristics that result in an individualized vocational habilitation plan to maximize community integration and self-sufficiency.

Individualized Placement Support

IPS-programEl Valor’s Individualized Placement Support (IPS) Program supports young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years old a developmental disability and, or mental illness in setting a realistic transition plan to reach employment based on their interest, aptitudes and abilities. At El Valor, we know that for many of our young adults with different abilities, finding and maintaining a secure job can be challenging. This is why we provide them with the right support and guidance that they need in order to enhance their abilities and skills. The essence of the IPS model is integrating an employment specialist into case management or mental health teams to provide individuals with practical assistance in finding and maintaining competitive employment.  This model draws from components and philosophies  of other successful programs like supportive employment and vocational assessments. The Employment Specialist role is to assist with interviewing skills training, job placement, job coaching, job carving, and job retention. The IPS Program is another example of El Valor’s mission to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life.