Employment services

At Vista, we believe everyone is employable. Our Employment Services program assists individuals on the autism spectrum or with comparable symptomology in obtaining and sustaining meaningful, competitive, and fulfilling employment, while providing appropriate support in the ongoing development of their careers. We also work in close partnership with employers to ensure the right job match that will benefit both parties. Participants in Vista’s Employment Services program gain the support of a multi-disciplinary team, including ACRE-certified staff, to learn new job-specific skills, build new social connections, and develop independence at work with gradually faded support when ready. We offer the following services throughout the job search and employment experience.

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Career Assessment Services

A program participant's career journey begins with our personalized employment assessment. We'll learn about an individual's interests, needs, skills and strengths by conducting informational interviews and facilitating trial work experiences. Then we compile an employment profile with recommendations for competitive employment.

Employment profile recommendations include:

Job finding and development services

This phase of the employment journey results in a customized, competitive employment opportunity that is mutually beneficial to both the individual and business. The following services take place leading up to the successful completion of on-boarding requirements and first day of employment.

  • Development of skills that best market the individual to hiring managers
  • Collaboration with employers to create job descriptions that meet business needs
  • Facilitation of working interviews allowing the individual to showcase their talents
  • Modification of on-boarding processes and workplace environment accommodations

Job Coaching and
Support Services

Once an individual has secured a job, we provide on-site job coaching services to establish the employment relationship and strengthen the individual's skills toward autonomy. Coaching services may include:

On-site individualized support
to learn job responsibilities and expectations of performance

Developing job aides, technological assistance, workplace modifications, and intervention strategies
to foster success and independence

Training for employers and coworkers enabling them to provide natural support

Regular follow-up with employer as support fades
to ensure continued job fit and employment success

Participants in Vista’s Employment Services program also have the opportunity to take part in cooperative education opportunities with local school districts combining classroom-based learning with practical work experience.

Benefits for Employers

Our career development services benefit not just job seekers and employees but employers as well. We support businesses in a variety of ways, including identifying ways to:

Any organization open to creating a more inclusive and diverse work environment could be a great fit to work with Vista’s Employment Services program. Visit our community partners page to learn more about collaboration opportunities with Vista.

Service area

Vista’s Employment Services program serves individuals seeking competitive employment throughout South Central Pennsylvania, predominantly in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Lebanon counties, as well as portions of York and Lancaster counties.