Highly-trained LEAP staff provide job coaching for new placements, assisting the employee in learning all aspects of their new position and how to complete a job to the employer's standard. Coaches are skilled at various methods for promting and assisting people with disabilities in the workplace. Once the work standard has been achieved on a consistent basis, the Job Coach and Employment Specialist work with the employer to determine the appropriate timeline for the Coach to "fade."
Once the job coach has successfully faded, the LEAP Employment Specialist (ES) steps in to follow up and help the employee maintain the work standard achieved during the coaching period. The ES communicates with the employee and supervisory staff to monitor performance levels and any possible changes in the work environment. As necessary, the ES will have the employee refer to the information acquired during the job coaching period to facilitate success.
LEAP can provide a Job Trial that acts as an assessment of a prospective employee, enabling a real-time evaluation of a possible employee within the work environment.
LEAP can assist in providing up-to-date information about the tax benefits related to hiring a person with a disability, including: WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit), tax credits for small business, targeted jobs tax credits, and tax incentives for accommodations.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is complex legal framework that can be difficult for employers to navigate. With 35 years of experience in employment, LEAP provides expertise to help employers work through hiring and training employees with disabilities, as well as accommodations.
Information & Assistive Technology Assistance
One of the simplest accommodations to make can be the implementation of assistive technology. Ranging from high-tech speech-to-text software to smartphone apps, assistive technology can help an employee with a disability complete tasks more easily and efficiently.