Services and Resources
for Job Seekers with Disabilities
Advanced Employment Connection works with you throughout the pre-employment and job search process to give everyone the power to change their life. Our main goals are to prepare individuals for community employment and assist them in becoming independent.
AEC offers an extensive and ever growing selection of services and resources to assist and prepare individuals in whatever they may need to gain employment.
Community Based Assessments and Work Adjustments
Our staff evaluates an individual's strengths and weaknesses during a trial work period in an area of interest. This allows individuals to gain real life work experience while a member of our team is there to offer guidance and support.
On the Job Supports - OTJS
Our counselors help you learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies, improve your communication skills, and reduce your stress about the interview process.
Summer Youth Program
Summer Youth Programs and Work Experiences are intended to be group-based and are designed to teach students and youth with disabilities vocational skills and appropriate work behaviors.
Travel and Transportation Training
We work closly with local transortation services such as SARTA Proline to assist individuals who have special transportation needs. Transportation services like these are utilized when providers transport participants to and from appointments or worksites.
Job Development is utilized to prepare and assist individuals to contact businesses, apply and interview with employers, and to secure competitive integrated employment. Job Development includes services such as, instruction and guidance about how to locate potential job opportunities (e.g., networking, use of electronic job boards, newspapers, online, and “cold” calling); development of a resume, mock application template, and cover letter; how to answer interview questions.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Alongside our extensive training and assistance programs, we have also been partnering with Stark County area businesses since 1999 to help individuals achieve their career goals across a wide and ever expanding range of businesses and industries. See below for some areas and businesses that we have worked with in the past. If you are interested in a field or career that is not listed, let us know as we are willing to assist in any career choice!
Links and Resources
WHAT IS SARTA PROLINE?
Proline is a shared-ride, origin-to-destination transportation service for individuals whose disabilities prevent them from independently utilizing SARTA’s fixed routes. Every year thousands of people with disabilities use Proline to travel to work, school, medical appointments, shopping, senior centers, libraries, parks, and hundreds of other destinations in and around Stark County. We are extremely proud of the essential role SARTA and Proline play in enabling these valued and valuable members of our community to live full, independent lives.
WHAT IS STARK DD?
The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities exists to connect individuals and families with the services they need for health, safety, education and a high quality of life. Their mission is "Supporting choices and creating opportunities for people with disabilities and their families."