Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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OPWDD Supported Employment Services


OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.  

OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). 

Employment Training Program (ETP)

ETP offers individuals an opportunity to work in an internship that will lead to permanent employment in a community business. During the internship, wages will be paid by through ETP while the individual learns the skills needed for the job. ETP participants also attend job readiness classes that present topics such as conflict resolution and how to dress for work. ETP services include increased job development and job coaching as well as assistance with other employability skills.

Supported Employment (SEMP) –

SEMP provides the supports individuals need to obtain and maintain paid competitive jobs in the community. Individuals with developmental disabilities will typically transition to SEMP after they have received supported employment services funded by the NYS Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)  and require limited job coaching to successfully maintain their employment.