SERVICES

GROUP SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

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INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

LIFE DAY SUPPORT

TRANSPORTATION

Intake Process

ECHO has been dedicated to providing comprehensive support for adults with disabilities since 1975.  Each of our programs utilizes a person-centered approach that enables us to tailor our services to meet the unique needs and goals of the people that we support.

 

For more information please email intake@echoworks.org or call (703) 779-2100

GROUP SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

 

ECHO specializes in providing valued, meaningful community-based employment designed to maximize each individual’s opportunities in accordance with their interests. The individuals work in small groups with on-site support at businesses in the local community.

Benefits Include

  • Opportunities to try a variety of different types of work in the community
  • Daily training and support at the worksite by qualified staff
  • Eligible for paid personal leave and holidays
  • Transportation services from home to work for most participants in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties
  • Starting pay for all positions is at least minimum wage
  • Help in achieving individual goals
  • Advocacy support

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

 

ECHO also offers Individual Supported Employment (ISE) to assist in securing employment opportunities through coaching, individualized support, and training. ISE is a powerful and flexible way to create employment opportunities, ensure regular employment benefits, provide ongoing support and achieve full participation and integration into the workforce and the community at-large.

Individuals in the program are assigned a job coach to assist with the employment process from start to finish. This involves assessing the individual’s strengths, weaknesses and job interests and assisting with skill building, resume writing, job applications and job interviews. Once in the workplace, the job coach helps with learning the various job responsibilities. As the individual becomes more familiar with the position, the job coach fades and only provides services as needed to ensure the individual’s and business partnership’s success.

For more information, please email intake@echoworks.org or call (703) 779-2100.

LIFE DAY SUPPORT

 
LIFE (LEARNING. INDEPENDENCE. FRIENDSHIP. EMPOWERMENT.)

The ECHO LIFE Day Support Program offers skills training to individuals who are not currently pursuing or interested in employment as the main focus of their day. Through a combination of structured group and individual activities, participants enhance skills in daily living, safety, communication, decision-making, self-advocacy, and other areas. Community integration is a priority for this program; weekly trips into the community help us to be successful in achieving this goal.  Some of our day trip locations include the library, Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), A Place to Be for music appreciation, The Air and Space Museum, and several other fun and educational venues.

For more information, please email intake@echoworks.org or call (703) 779-2100.

LIFE+ DAY SUPPORT

ECHO’s LIFE+ Day Support Program offers person-centered support in an environment where staff to participant ratios are higher to meet the support needs of the individuals. The goal is to provide opportunities for socialization, skill development, and community involvement, while maintaining and enhancing participants’ physical, cognitive, social, and emotional abilities.

The LIFE+ Program has a Registered Nurse on staff who consults with families, support coordinators, physicians, and residential providers to ensure a comprehensive, personalized program to meet each individual’s goals.

For more information, please email info@echoworks.org or call (703) 779-2100.

TRANSPORTATION

 

Transportation is another important part of the ECHO advantage. Since our beginning, we have provided daily transportation to and from a program participant’s residence and their worksite. This has allowed individuals with disabilities greater opportunities for employment and community involvement.

As ECHO programs and services have grown, so has our transportation system. We now have 31 vehiclies, many of which are wheelchair accessible, that in total average 34,000 miles per month while transporting approximately 160 program participants to and from their homes and worksites.

ECHO is now a Logisticare provider which allows individuals funded by Medicaid Home and Communities-based waivers to use ECHO transportation. ECHO also contracts with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, coordinating VIEW transportation and providing on-demand transportation for their clientele.

For more information, please email intake@echoworks.org or call (703) 779-2100.

Intake Process

Thank you for your interest in ECHO’s services. One of our goals is to try to understand the level and type of support that each of our participants requires. This helps us to ensure that we find an optimal match for each individual that enters into our programs. To learn more about the intake process, please take a moment to fill in this brief questionnaire.

    Does your individual require extensive 1:1 support in any of the following areas: medical conditions, mobility, limitations, behavioral challenges, mealtime assistance, recent or upcoming medical procedures or treatments, or personal hygiene?

    If you answered yes to the above question, please provide additional details:

    We look forward to working with you further, a member of the ECHO team will be in touch shortly with additional details about the next steps in the application process.