Supported Employment Services consists of eligible individuals being assisted by Employment Specialists and/or Job Coaches with the ultimate goal of obtaining and maintaining of competitive employment placement.

The Arc of East Ascension's Employment Specialists assist individuals with job applications, interviews and on-the-job training. Supported Employment services are made available through the State of Louisiana at no cost to the employer. A job coach is provided to compensate for any additional training time the employee may need beyond what is typically provided. There are time limits on job coaching, and the coach must "fade out" slowly as the individual begins to learn job tasks. Periodic site visits continue indefinitely to ensure the employer and employee are satisfied with the employment placement.


To be eligible for Supported Employment, an individual must have any form of a disability ranging from physical, mental or intellectual, or have a mental health diagnosis. The person seeking services must contact Louisiana Rehabilitation Services first to seek eligibility, and then the LRS counselor will assist the individuals through the process of eligibility. LRS’s contact information is 225-295-8900.

Staff at The Arc of East Ascension are willing and able to assist with any questions or concerns about services. The Arc of East Ascension can be reached at 225-621-2000 or e-mailed at