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Aspire Workforce

Building Inclusive Futures

Welcome to Aspire Workforce, where we're deeply committed to empowering and inspiring individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to achieve meaningful employment.

 

Our mission is driven by a genuine passion for our community and a focus on positive communication and concise solutions that make a real difference in the lives of those we serve.

OUR VISION

OUR MISSION

Aspire Workforce is dedicated to helping individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DDs) find meaningful employment opportunities within the community. Our team of experienced job coaches and employment specialists is committed to providing personalized assistance every step of the way. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to work and contribute to society, and we are passionate about creating inclusive workplaces that value diversity and provide accommodations for individuals with I/DDs. We are committed to advocating for the rights of individuals with I/DDs to have equal access to employment opportunities and a fair and inclusive workplace.

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Serving the Community:

Aspire Workforce is proud to serve Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties. Our commitment to our community is unwavering, and we're dedicated to making a profound and lasting impact in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their communities. Join us in our mission to inspire and empower individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Thank you for visiting Aspire Workforce, where our passion for our community drives everything we do.

PRACTICE AREAS

WHAT WE DO

Aspire Workforce proudly serves Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties.

Our Goal:

Our primary goal is to place between 15-20 individuals into competitive employment each year. We are driven by the belief that everyone deserves a chance to thrive in the workforce. 

Our Approach:

Our approach is grounded in data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities was 7.6% in 2022, a decrease of 2.5% points from the previous year. However, this rate was still about twice as high as the rate for those without disabilities, which stood at 3.5%. These numbers highlight the urgent need for organizations like ours to make a positive impact on our community.

By leveraging this data, we tailor our programs and advocacy efforts to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with I/DDs, ensuring they receive the support and opportunities they need to succeed in a competitive job market.

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT: Placement & Coaching

We help connect individuals with I/DDs to job opportunities within the community that match their skills and interests. Our tailored approach includes job placement, comprehensive support throughout the employment process, collaboration with local businesses to create inclusive workplaces, and ongoing advocacy for equal employment rights. By providing continuous guidance and support, we empower our clients to achieve independence and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

 

Our team of job coaches provides support at every stage of the employment journey for individuals with I/DDs. From understanding each client’s strengths and aspirations to creating customized job supports, we ensure our clients can make a positive impact in their roles.

BENEFITS COUNSELING
coming soon

We will be offering benefits counseling in the coming year. This will simplify complex choices to secure our clients' financial future.

TRAINING
coming soon

Explore essential life skills with our latest training offerings at Aspire Workforce, including comprehensive courses on dating and sexual education. Designed to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, these programs provide vital knowledge and guidance in navigating relationships and personal boundaries.

ATTORNEYS

OUR STORY

At Aspire Workforce, our journey began with a heartfelt desire to create opportunities and eliminate barriers for individuals with disabilities. Today, we are fueled by a profound passion for our community, and this commitment is at the core of everything we do.

OUR TEAM

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Sarah Davis

Executive Director

Employment Specialists

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Jenna Brink

Office Coordinator

Tel: 503-298-5027

jennab@aspire-workforce.com

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Heather Steele

Outreach Coordinator

CONTACT

CONTACT US

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Thank you for contacting us!

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