The values and principles underpinning Supported Employment are completely consistent with the concepts of empowerment, social inclusion, dignity and respect for individuals.
In the framework of Supported Employment those concepts can be further defined by the following values and principles that are present throughout supported employment:
Supported Employment regards each individual as unique, with his / her own interests, preferences, conditions and life history.
Supported Employment activities are always age appropriate, dignifying and enhancing.
Supported Employment assists individuals to express their interests, preferences, and choices, and define their employment / life plan according to personal and contextual conditions. It promotes the principles of self-advocacy by service users.
Supported Employment assists individuals to understand opportunities fully so they can choose consistently within their preferences and with an understanding of the consequences of their choices.
Supported Employment assists individuals to make decisions on their lifestyle and participation in society. Individuals are centrally involved in the planning, development and evaluation of services.
The Supported Employment service provider considers information given by individuals to them as confidential. The service user has access to his/her personal information gathered by the provider and any disclosure is at the discretion of and with the agreement of the individual.
Staff and organisational structures are able to change according to the needs of service users. Services are flexible and responsive to the needs of individuals and can be adapted to meet specific requirements.
Supported Employment services, facilities and information are fully accessible to all people with disabilities.