People with disabilities go through a rough time finding a job let alone keep one. Through DES, people living with disabilities or injuries or any other health condition that prevents them from undertaking their normal functions get reprieve finding a job and keeping it. DES organizations are a mixture of profit-making organizations and not-for-profit organizations that are formed to help people living with health conditions find and keep jobs.

They also provide guidance and assistance to employers working with people living with divergent health conditions and disabilities. DES has two parts: disability management services and employment support services. Disability management services provide assistance to people under temporary health conditions to find a job and those who require occasional support at the workplace. And to keep a job when they get temporary disability where rogue employers might find it convenient to fire and replace them when they are rendered disabled.

Employment support services on the other hand help people with permanent disabilities find and keep a job while providing regular support at the workplace to secure and keep a job. These DES programs are flexible and allow participants to receive services from their preferred providers when they first enrol in the program.

Working with DES providers

These are experts at networking with people with disabilities and potential employers. DES work directly with people living with disabilities to ensure they are ready to undertake a job before finding and connecting them with opportunities. For many years now, DES has become a fundamental organ connecting people with disabilities to join the mainstream workforce. They also provide fundamental support and advice to employers by providing a range of innovative recruitment solutions.

What are the core functions of DES?

There are different types of employment services for disabled. Primarily, DES provides assistance to both employers and people living with disabilities by addressing work barriers to ensure that both the employer and the employee work and live in harmony. This support is provided both at the beginning of the recruitment process and is ongoing. Some of the support services provided by the DES include:

  • Raising awareness and training employment managers and coworkers on how to bond and work harmoniously with people living with disabilities at the workplace.
  • Help develop programs and procedures for onboarding disabled employees into the system and provide minimum thresholds for their job description to help prevent employers from undermining or underpaying them or going through any other form of discrimination.
  • DES provides on-the-job and off-site training to new employees to ensure a seamless onboarding process. DES provides ongoing support to people living with disabilities to ensure they settle and enjoy their working conditions and lead a normal life like their counterparts.
  • DES provides support to other employees in an organization and creates awareness on how they can help improve or become helpful to people living with temporary or permanent disabilities.
  • DES helps people living with disabilities who are fresh graduates find internship and attachment opportunities to gain work experience and to become competitive in the job market. DES also meets insurance expenses for people living with disabilities during internship or attachment programs.
  • DES provides legal assistance when they are on the verge of losing their job due to their conditions.
  • DES also offers support and sensitization on subsidies granted to people living with disabilities or exemptions such as taxes and other levies that normal employees are subjected to.