Supported Employment Program

UCP of Tampa Bay’s adult services enable adults with disabilities to work independently in the community, thereby achieving community inclusion.

UCP’s Employment and Training services assist individuals with disabilities living in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties, obtain and maintain jobs in the community.
Services for the employer include:

  • Job analysis and development
  • Job/participant matching
  • Job accommodations and restructuring
  • Ongoing evaluation of participant performance

Services for the participant include:

  • Skills assessment
  • Matching and placement
  • Intensive onsite training in work and work-related skills
  • Replacement services, if indicated
  • Job upgrading Participation and family advocacy

Employed participants earn at least minimum wage, and pay rates may exceed this level. Our participants typically work a minimum of 20 hours a week and receive the same benefits as other workers in the same or similar positions, working the same number of hours. The program is individually structured to support the success of each participant.

Achieve Jobs is a community based job development program. UCP staff cultivates relationships with employers unfamiliar with the value and practice of hiring individuals with disabilities. This program is made possible through funding from the United Way Suncoast.

The supported employment program is excited to be involved in APD’s Employment Enhancement Program (EEP) to assist individuals, primarily ages 18-24, on the APD Waiting List, transitioning from school to work, to add in finding employment. Each qualified job seeker may be allocated approximately $2500 from APD. These dollars will allow one of UCP’s experienced Supported Employment job coaches to support the individual with follow-along services for Supported Employment, transportation for work, and paid internships as paths to employment. Individuals meeting the criteria in any Florida county may be considered for participation in the EEP. For more information, or to see if you qualify, please contact Iza Michalczyk.

For more information on Employment and Training services, please email Iza Michalczyk, or call (813) 239-1179.

Employment and Training services are funded through the Medicaid Waiver and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.