Employment

When it comes to employment in the disability community, there can be a lot of problems to solve. Whether you are looking for a job, trying to keep one, or are an employer wanting to accommodate an employee, we can help. We offer employment services to employers or employees working in Allegan or Ottawa counties in Michigan. 

Current and Future Employees

Living or working in Allegan or Ottawa Counties

DNL offers a variety of employment services to help individuals with disabilities prepare to join the workforce for the first time, return to work, or maintain employment.

  1. Vocational Evaluation: Assessment of an individual’s skill level and tolerance for work-based activities.
  2. Job Club: Group sessions that provide education on the job search process, skills identification, how to develop a cover letter and resume, and how to make a reasonable accommodation request of your employer.
  3. Employment Supports: Individual assessment of potential barriers to employment success and assistance to navigate these issues. This service is also offered to returning citizens.
  4. Job Readiness Guidance: Individualized job preparation that can include work search methods, cover letter and resume review, mock interviews, and other assistance to promote work readiness.
  5. Benefits Counseling: Assists individuals receiving disability benefits who would like to become employed. Individuals gain knowledge of the impact working will have on their benefits.
  6. Workplace Accommodations: Assists employees experiencing a workplace barrier by identifying reasonable accommodations.
  7. Employee/Employer Consultation: Provides recommendations based on Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, for the purpose of retaining employment.

Employers

Doing business in Allegan or Ottawa Counties

DNL offers guidance and training to create an accessible and welcoming work environment. This can promote healthy working relationships between employees with disabilities and their coworkers and supervisors.

  1. Accommodation Solutions: Assess barriers present in an employee’s work area or in their list of primary duties, and suggest reasonable accommodations.
  2. Disability Awareness: Overview and discussion of disability types, legal definition, prevalence, and common barriers.
  3. Supervising Employees with Disabilities: Presentation and discussion on what to do if you suspect an employee has a disability and needs an accommodation. Appropriate questions, a method for assessing ability, and communication strategies are also addressed.
  4. Employer Rights and Responsibilities: Presentation and discussion around Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.
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