Employment Works at the Kelly Smith Employment Center
Since 1960, Employment Works has advocated for people with disabilities and for their inclusion as vital members of the workforce. We envision options and choices for people with disabilities as they seek and maintain employment that suits their choices, abilities and preferences.
Good for Coloradans with Disabilities, Good for Business
Employment Works serves both individuals and businesses in the Denver Metro area and throughout Colorado, providing a broad spectrum of tools and resources and vibrant partnerships. DID YOU KNOW?
- People with disabilities (21 to 64 years old) experience unemployment at an average rate of 69%. They are a motivated and under-utilized labor force.
- Colorado businesses that partner with Employment Works report that they gain a competitive edge. Explore what new approaches to employment and employing people from non-traditional labor sources can do for your business.
Programs & Services
- Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP)
- Social Security Work Incentive Planning
- Employment Works Job Placement Programs
- The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- The Institute for Educational Leadership
- Colorado Workforce Centers
- Employers statewide
- Denver Metro school districts
- Community Colleges
Today, Employment Works is proud to assist people with mild to severe disabilities – adults, as well as an expanding population of youth – as they pursue meaningful employment that suits their choices and preferences.
Inclusive Employment Milestones at ACCO
1960-1980 Community enclave partnerships with major corporations were the focus to transition groups of individuals with moderate to severe disabilities to work experiences.
1988 Shift to supported employment opportunities for community-based jobs.
1996 Central to a new vision to fully integrate people with disabilities into the community, 40 adults transitioned to work in the community when ACCO closed its sheltered workshop, one of the first organizations in Colorado to do so.
2000 Expansion from supported employment to individualized work placement in the community that is driven by each job-seeker’s interests and abilities. Employment Works was awarded a Social Security Benefit Planning Grant to become a provider of work incentive counseling for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries.