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Career and Community Connection Program Managers

Talk to the Sherwood Program Manager in your county if you have specific questions regarding  possible accommodations.


Tom Clark, Snohomish County Manager
425-359-0397 | tclark@sherwoodcs.org


Angie Ramsey, Skagit/Island County Manger
425-923-0343 | aramsey@sherwoodcs.org


Cara Cohn, San Juan County Manger
360-317-6081 | ccohn@sherwoodcs.org

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Supported Employment Information

Are you interested in hiring someone with a disability?
Sherwood serves clients with a range of interest and abilities. Sherwood strives to find the best match for the employer and our program members. If you’re interested and want to learn more about our qualified candidates please contact the Program Manager that serves your county.


Will I have to pay the wages of the Employment Specialist?
No. The Employment Specialist is an employee of Sherwood. Their wages and benefits are paid for by Sherwood.


What will my customers or other staff think?
By hiring an individual with a disability you are showing the community and your other staff that you respect and prioritize the inclusion of people of all abilities. You are making a difference in the lives of others. An inclusive community is a stronger community.


I don’t think I have time for this kind of project.
Our goal is to make great job matches – that means candidates need to fill a need your business has that will benefit your bottom line and your team’s efficiency. Hiring an individual Sherwood supports is a time-saver for your business. You will nurture and grow your new employee just like any other member of your team who is adding to the mission of your organization.


Will I have to make special accommodations?
The American with Disabilities Act states covered entities are required to provide reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees with disabilities. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are typically done that the person needs because of a disability, and can include, among other things, special equipment that allows the person to perform the job, scheduling changes, and changes to the way work assignments are chosen or communicated. Studies show that 90% of accommodations cost just $100 or less, with 72% of those accommodations associated with NO COST to the employer – these are modifications such as scheduling allowances, job shares, job restructuring, or policy modifications.

Will it cost me more money to employ an individual with a disability?
No. Sherwood's Career and Community Connection program members are looking for equitable wages and don't require any additional funds from an employer. Most program members are looking for minimal hours/days a week and could fill a part-time need an employer may have. There may also be federal tax credits available to offset part of the individual’s wages in their first year of employment.

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Transition Services Information

Transition Services is a team effort providing support and guidance to students with disabilities as they prepare to transition from high school to the work place.

 

Each student’s transition team includes the student, parents, school staff, School Transition Counselors, and, in some cases, Regional Transition Consultants. Transition teams help students identify their career interests and learn what skills and training may be necessary in order to prepare for those careers they are interested in pursuing.

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Community Inclusion

Sherwood, an organization that provides innovative, inclusive services for children and adults with disabilities, exists to see people with disabilities become full participating members of their communities. Inclusion means that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or health care needs, have the right to:

 

  • Be respected and appreciated as valuable members of their communities

  • Participate in recreational activities in community settings

  • Attend general education classes with peers from preschool through college and continuing education


More than 1,500 babies are born each year in Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties with some type of disability or delay. Fewer than half of students with disabilities find jobs after graduating high school. As the rate of technology change continues to accelerate, more emphasis is needed on helping people with disabilities access technology that can improve their quality of life.

Sherwood leads through advocacy and community education so that someday people with disabilities can live without stigma and be fully participating members of their communities. One thing that separates Sherwood is that they have never turned anyone away, regardless of how challenging the disability or financial barrier. Sherwood has made inclusion possible for their clients.


Inclusion is all about believing in abilities and that is what Sherwood exists to achieve. 

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