ERC is committed to helping adults with disabilities find meaningful work in the community. A variety of programs are offered which take into account the ambitions, skills and work readiness of each person. As part of these programs, participants will:
- Learn successful ways to locate and apply for employment
- Learn how to communicate effectively
- Increase self-confidence
- Contribute to the community
- Fulfill personal goals
- Increase social circle and make new friends
Examples of supports offered through ERC include resume writing, job interview training, job placement, career counseling, job coaching and long-term support. The ultimate goal of each of our programs is to assist every client who wants to work in the community in finding a job that is meaningful and fulfilling to them and allows them to live as independently as possible.
Classes include topics such as how to conduct a job search, interviewing skills, work ethic, customer service, money handling and resume development. Employment classes are available to all clients currently involved in Supported Employment and all those who have expressed an interest in future community employment.
Job Coaching With job coaching through Supported Employment, ERC matches a job coach with each client. The job coach is with them at their place of employment to help them learn the job, assist with social skills and provide transportation. After the first 30 days, if the client is stable and comfortable in their new position, the job coaching will taper off. However, ERC maintains contact with all of the clients we place in the community to ensure their job satisfaction. We will also assist them in maintaining long-term employment and in seeking opportunities for promotions and advancement with their current employers.
Participants earn a paycheck and learn valuable job skills while they complete light assembly work at ERC's Richardson Industries. They also receive assistance with their job search with the ultimate goal of finding a meaningful job in the community.
Ticket to Work
This federal program is designed to remove many of the employment barriers people with disabilities face, including the concern of losing health care. Under the Ticket to Work program, the Social Security Administration provides disability beneficiaries with a Ticket they may use to obtain the services and jobs they need from a group of organizations called Employment Networks. The Elizabeth Richardson Center is part of this Employment Network and is able to provide employment options in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Beneficiaries receiving Tickets can contact ERC to discuss services and work together with our Community Employment Team. For more information, please contact the Community Employment office at (479) 713-0354.