Ideate is an inclusive employment program dedicated to providing trauma-informed support to individuals with barriers to getting and sustaining earning opportunities. Ideate’s mission is provide person-tailored pathways to careers in both competitive and self-employment, utilizing technology and community engagement.
IDEATE at Philly Tech Week
RHD’s IDEATE will be featured at Philly Tech Week 2019, presenting a session on “Case Studies in Accessible Empowerment” at RHD’s corporate offices May 7. This event will include a learning session and expert panel about using technology to support our clients to more fully access their own independence. IDEATE’s session will discuss strength-based accommodations in technology with experts whose innovative thinking has contributed greatly to supporting others to access their own lives more fully.
At Ideate, we want to redefine “work” one person at a time, while leveling the playing field using technology. In order to support our clients in person-tailored work, our fundamental approach focuses on empowerment, choice, safety, trustworthiness, and collaboration. We seek to identify any barriers and overcome them by building inclusive employment solutions. Our practice is designed to support self-actualization and inclusion. We do this by offering support in community-based employment, including customized employment, alternative staffing, a deep-dive into technology-based accommodations and the development of formalized innovative practices wherein the individuals can cultivate natural supports especially in careers where our participants are under-represented.
Work that has value
Tyrike and Jonathan are just two people who are thriving in jobs they love with support from RHD’s IDEATE, an inclusive employment program providing clinically-guided support to individuals with disabilities that helps people break barriers to employment
Q: What does IDEATE do?
A: IDEATE is an inclusive employment organization dedicated to providing clinically-driven support to individuals with barriers to getting and sustaining earning opportunities. Our mission is to support our clients to identify and retain person-tailored occupations.
Q: What makes IDEATE stand out?
A: In order to support our clients in person-tailored work, our approach focuses on empowerment, choice, safety, trustworthiness, and collaboration. We seek to identify any barriers and overcome them by building inclusive employment solutions including the use of technology.
Q: Does a client have to be ‘ready’ to get a job? A: No. We will use the gifts and strengths our clients already have and engage in discovery that will guide that process. We use a lot of technology because we believe the work world is changing. Many of our clients need accommodations or customized technology to support them at work. We understand that and level the playing field using technology.
Q: What services does IDEATE offer?
A: We support our clients in competitive employment, temporary employment, and self-employment. We also support our clients in PASS planning and PESS planning.
Q: What jobs do IDEATE clients get?
A: Though we try to focus on technology and science careers or careers that are in high demand, it’s really about the individual’s desire. Our clients currently are in light manufacturing, retail and healthcare. Some are entrepreneurs and work with the Small Business Administration!
Q: How does a client get started?
A: A client is usually referred to us from a case manager, a family member or support coordinator.