At Southern Oregon Aspire, we believe all individuals should be able to work in our community, develop valuable career skills, and gain confidence in their abilities. We offer people with intellectual and developmental disabilities job recruitment, training, placement, and coaching services. We specialize in tailoring part-time positions ranging from 2–25 hours per week. We partner with a wide range of businesses and organizations across Josephine County in helping to create a more equitable and inclusive in the Rogue Valley.
If you or someone you care about is interested in employment please reach out to us at Southern Oregon Aspire to learn more about programs, services, and eligibility. You can also speak directly with your case manager.
“I would like a job in the community, what services are available?”
A Job Developer works with you and employers in our local community to identify or create positions within a workplace. They support you through the process with job applications and interview prepping.
Job Coaches directly support you (the career seeker) who may be starting a new job or learning new tasks at an existing job. Coaches help with transitioning to integrated employment and adjusting to daily routines at the workplace as well as ongoing support and advancement of career goals.
Small Group Supported Employment provides individuals an opportunity to learn job skills and build their resume while working
in businesses that are operated by Southern Oregon Aspire. People not only learn the skills and develop the abilities required in a specific job, but also gain transferable skills and abilities that will help them to succeed in other work environments.
Discovery is a person-centered process that supports a career seeker to find a role that matches a person’s interests and skills. The process is made up of 4-6 assessment sites per person. These sites are chosen based on the individual’s interests and skill sets with the goal of creating a customized Discovery Profile for every individual to further their career goals.
Employment Path Services help an individual develop general employment skills through time-limited work experiences in the community. By identifying employment goals through hands-on, person-centered experiences, individuals will gain the confidence and skills necessary to gain an employment opportunity that fits their needs.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with Southern Oregon Aspire to develop employment opportunities and provide individualized services to each eligible person for their employment success.