Specialized Employment


Did you see JSSA’s Specialized Employment program on WJLA ABC7?

If you missed it, here is a link to the story called Unpacking autism: Organiztion changes the way businesses think about hiring.

Is your company intersted in partnering with JSSA’ Specialized Employment team?  Please contact Tom Liniak, Director of Specialized Employment at 301-610-8405 or email him at tliniak@jssa.org for more information.

Working with Job Seekers

Nationally, those with a disability face an unemployment rate of 70%. JSSA’s Specialized Employment team has been highly successful in helping individuals with disabilities defy the odds and gain competitive employment. JSSA also works with local organizations to provide competitive, high quality employment services.

This past year, JSSA’s team of vocational counselors and coaches served and supported hundreds of clients through a variety of services and programs ideal for those whose goal is meaningful community-based competitive employment. (JSSA’s professional team includes employment specialists proficient in Spanish and ASL.)

JSSA’s staff of experienced vocational evaluators, employment specialists, job coaches and job developers offer interview and resume guidance, job development and job coaching, often making the difference between a life time of relying on others and one of self-sustainability. Fees can be paid privately or by appropriate state agencies.

  • Career Assessment
  • Job Training and Job Development
  • Job Coaching and Retention
  • Socialization and Social Support

Working with Employers

JSSA’s Specialized Employment team provides competitive, high quality employment services to the metro DC community. We do so while also fostering our mission to assist people with special needs achieve their objectives of establishing career success and self-sufficiency. Our experienced professionals provide customized employment, placement, coaching and training for hundreds of individuals annually.

Throughout the last 30 years, JSSA’s professionals have established mutually beneficial, collaborative and enduring relationships with a broad range of small and large employers in our community. Our placement services are offered at no cost.

For more information and to speak with one of our trained employment specialists, please call 301-587-9666 in Maryland and 703-896-7551 in Virginia. TTY service is available through the Virginia Relay number 711.

We invite you to watch the video below about the success Michael, one of our clients, has experienced as a result of being in the program.

**Services in Virginia are partially funded by the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool.


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