The Perry County Board of Developmental Disabilities (PCBDD) Employment Navigator (EN) provides individuals with disabilities access to employment supports beginning in school, through the transition from high school to adulthood and for the rest of their lives. One of the primary responsibilities is to assist in the planning, coordinating and monitoring of employment-related supports to job-seekers with developmental disabilities in Perry County. This is done through person-centered support plans concerning employment outcomes, employment coordination and/or educational services, by linking and referring to the appropriate supports. The EN monitors employment supports to ensure successful outcomes. The EN also focuses on maintaining employer contacts in the community to develop ongoing resources for job-seekers, as well as helping to build the capacity of provider-partners.
Employment Navigation is about expanding opportunities. County boards are umbrella organizations that support and collaborate with a variety of provider partners to get better results. Working on inspiring and enhancing collaboration among all partners in the support system is key. These connections increase the likelihood that job-seekers will be able to access jobs, because there’s more capacity and more incentive among providers, employers, families, other County Board staff, and job-seekers themselves.