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Supported Employment

Supported Employment is an approach to service delivery and competitive employment for persons with the most significant disabilities. It provides employment for many individuals who were previously considered unemployable.

Supported Employment is competitive work in integrated work settings in which individuals are working toward competitive work, consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of the individuals.

This program is for individuals with the most significant disabilities, for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a significant disability. These individuals need intensive supported employment because of the nature and severity of their disability.

Training takes place in actual job settings at competitive wages. Contracts provide Supported Employment services through a number of facilities coordinated through Rehabilitation Services and Mental Health and Retardation. The unique feature of Supported Employment is the ongoing support it provides to individuals with the most significant disabilities while maintaining employment.


Contact Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Citizens Plaza State Office Building
2nd Floor, 400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1403
Telephone: (615) 313-4891
TTY: (615) 313-5695
TTY: (Long Distance): 1-800-270-1349
Fax: (615) 741-6508