Supported Employment
PEP's Supported Employment PRogram matches employers with reliable, well-trained workers from PEP.  Consumers have worked under PEP's guidance at locations such as the Philadelphia Spectrum sports arena complex, Wal-Mart, Wendy's, McDonald's, The Career Link, CVS Stores, State Liquor Control Enforcement, Super Fresh, and various other state agency offices and private businesses. Community Integrated Employment (CIE) Program

The program helps individuals with intellectual disability  achieve workplace literacy, find work, and succeed at employment through services that include:

  • Employment Plans: These plans are produced through a detailed assessment process to insure that consumers have a choice of appropriate employment and volunteer positions, an opportunity to succeed at the work they choose, and a chance to select the area of the city where they want to work.
  • Job Development: Using information from the Employment Plan, PEP staff members explore various jobs, search the classified section of the newspaper and websites, make contacts in the community, and fill out applications when potential employment is identified.
  • Coaching and Training: The Employment Specialist provides intensive coaching to the consumer on a one-to-one basis when the consumer is placed in a job.  The training will last until the consumer can independently perform all of the required duties of the job.
  • Natural Supports: To prepare for the time when the consumer no longer requires direct support from the job coach, the job coach encourages other employees at the job site to give the consumer moral support and include them in the department.  This helps the consumer feel like an important part of the team and ensures longevity and stability on the job.


For more information, please contact:

Heather Kazowsky,  Employment Services Director

1200 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146


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