The Virtual Self-Advocacy Workshop is an interactive training where participants will learn by doing while having fun in a safe, positive environment. At the end of the course, participants will have the confidence to speak for themselves, effectively communicate their needs and feelings; understand positive thinking, attitude, and goals; have a clear picture of their skills and interests, and walk away with a professional resume. Classes will include guest speakers on a variety of subjects from banking, stress management, and industry professionals in manufacturing, teachers, nurses, and other in-demand careers.

The Schedule is as Follows:

Day One (5 hours):
Introduction to Microsoft Teams, Setting up accommodations in Teams, Self-Awareness & Self Advocacy, Self-Awareness Assessment, Personal Mission Statements, OvercomingObstacles, Learning Style Assessment, Tools to be the Best You

Day Two (5 hours):
Advocating for Your Needs, 8 Traits of Successful People, SMART Goals, Stepping Stones, Project: YourBIG Vision, Prioritizing, Affirmations, and Visualization, Letter to future Self

Day Three (5 hours):
Understanding Accommodations, Requesting Accommodations, Workplace VS Academic Accommodations, Job Search Fundamentals, Resume Prep: Strength and Skills

Day Four (5 hours):
Complete Resumes, Intro to Cover Letters, Banking and Budgeting, Conflict Resolution, Plan for Success


Our Virtual Pre-Employment Placement Training (PPT) is a program designed to engage adult customers through interactive games and quizzes, while covering topics such as self-esteem and motivational skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, “selling yourself” to a potential employer, interview skills and resume building, networking, and mock interviews.

Participants will learn how to structure a resume that matches what employers are looking for, interview professionally, gain confidence in presentation skills, and overcome today’s challenges with applications and personality assessments. They will also learn multiple job search methods to find the right job.

The Schedule is as Follows:

  • Day One (5 hours): Positive Attitude and Confidence, Positive Self-Talk, Setting and Achieving Goals, Selling Points (Elevator Speech), Communication Skills and Body Language
  • Day Two (5 hours): Conflict Resolution, Interview Skills, Commonly Asked Interview Questions, Mock Interviews, Appropriate Dress, Social Media and Online Networking, Email Guidelines
  • Day Three (5 hours): Assertiveness, Resume Tips/ Development, Job Descriptions and Job Search, Basic Job Application, Planning for the Future, Career Interest Survey, Stress Management
  • Day Four (5 hours): How to Follow-up After an Interview, Being a Great Employee, Positive Affirmations, Reality of Work, Transportation Options, Budgeting, ABLE United


Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be referred to employU to speak with a Certified Work Incentive Practitioner. Our program provides an easy to access entry point for recipients to acquire initial and ongoing benefits support they need to attain, maintain and advance in employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Can Expect to Receive:

  • Analysis and verification of a customer’s benefits
  • Benefits Summary and Analysis report (BS&A) customized to each customer
  • A copy of the Benefits Planning Query (BPQY) from the Social Security Administration
  • Continued short and long-term customer support


The Career Counseling and Information Referral Service (CCIRS) is a four-hour course required of all participants in a sub-minimum wage program, known as 14(c) entities, under reforms to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Participants must attend classes a minimum of one time per year. The CCIRS course focuses on:

  • Introducing self-advocacy and self-determination in the career process. (Teaching students how to make decisions about their lives, make their voices heard, choose what they want to do and where they want to do it, ask for help when needed, and set life goals.)
  • Local resource information (local Vocational Rehabilitation office, transportation options, self-advocacy groups, center for independent living)
  • Extensive detail on Vocational Rehabilitation services and Supported Employment
  • Information on the local labor market and potential jobs of interest
  • Introducing reasonable accommodations w/examples, disclosure, ADA and Rehabilitation Act
    Social Security, Ticket to Work, Benefit Counseling, and Work Incentives
  • Benefits of competitive employment
  • Transportation options and community supports

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Many of the same Vocational and Psychological Evaluation services we offer for clients are now available online. We can host real-time client interviews and proctored academic, IQ, and vocational interest testing via the web. All testing instruments are normed for a remote testing environment.

Psychological Evaluations are administered by a State of Florida Licensed Psychologist and can identify strengths and weaknesses in the areas of cognitive, behavioral, and social/emotional/developmental functioning to help guide recommendations for appropriate academic goals and/or work settings.

During these evaluations, customers and evaluators are able to see and interact with each other through online teleconferencing system, making it essentially the same experience as the face-to-face evaluation.

employU is an approved vendor with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and we are happy to serve VR’s customers.
employU is a CARF accredited organization
employU is a Veteran Safe Place