Supported Employment Program

Program overview

Program overview

Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities (RE&F) has partnered with vendors and employment agencies to create job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities at Microsoft facilities throughout Puget Sound. Learn more…

Success stories

Success stories

Meet some of the employees who are making a difference as part of the Supported Employment program. Learn more…

FAQ

FAQ

Get more information about the Supported Employment program, including eligibility, participating vendors, employment agencies, and more. Learn more…

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Carissa Linn, Brian Collins, Holly Warnick, and Tod Nissle at ceremony

Microsoft RE&F Supported Employment program accepts Breaking Barriers award

On September 23, at a sun-soaked awards ceremony in the beautiful PacMed building atop Seattle’s Beacon Hill, Disability Rights Washington presented Brian Collins with the Breaking Barriers Business Leader award for Microsoft’s Real Estate & Facilities Supported Employment program.

DRW explained that the benefit of the Supported Employment program accrues to all parties: Microsoft and its vendors obtain reliable work from employees with great attitudes; Microsoft employees benefit from the presence and diversity of this workforce; and employees with developmental disabilities have meaningful employment where they earn real wages, including pay raises.

Amanda working at her dream job

Amanda Finds Her Dream Job: New video released

This new Microsoft RE&F Supported Employment video introduces Amanda, who loves her office assistant job with vendor Davidson Macri Sweeping. The video was produced by Mark George with CBRE and the Compass AV team, and is now available on the Microsoft YouTube channel.

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Supported Employment program hosts fourth annual Summer BBQ and Talent Show

On a sunny August day, about 250 partners in the Supported Employment program—including employees, family members, coaches, and managers—gathered by the fountain at Building 9 for the Supported Employment Program’s fourth annual barbecue and talent show. Guests enjoyed a delicious barbecue, a photo booth, and games. During the talent show—the highlight of the day—17 supported employees entertained the crowd with comedy, music, and dance performances.

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Supported Employment program attends City of Seattle Supported Employment Best Practices Consortium

On October 10, 2017, the City of Seattle hosted its quarterly Employers’ Consortium Best Practices in Supported Employment. Attendees included representatives from supported employment initiatives in Snohomish County, King County, City of Kent, City of Seattle, and Microsoft. The RE&F Microsoft Supported Employment program representative shared updates about the program and learned about best practices.

RE&F Supported Employment video

Microsoft Supported Employment video released: 118 Stories and Counting

On August 31, 2015, a new Microsoft RE&F Supported Employment video, entitled 118 Stories and Counting, was released. The video depicts a day in the life of four supported employees, highlighting their inspirational attitudes and exceptional work ethic. The video was produced by Mark George with CBRE and the Compass AV team and is now available on the Microsoft YouTube channel.

Supported Employment program participates in Unified Relay for the Special Olympics

Supported Employment program participates in Unified Relay for the Special Olympics

On July 2, the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America passed through the Microsoft Commons Playfield, nearing the end of its 46-day ceremony across the United States. Over 10,000 individuals were involved in carrying the torch from the East Coast to the West Coast as it nears its final destination: the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Microsoft RE&F Supported Employment program accepts APSE award

Microsoft RE&F Supported Employment program accepts APSE award

On June 24, 2015, Microsoft RE&F was presented with the National APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First) award, a tremendous honor and acknowledgement of the Supported Employment Program’s success and commitment in making integrated employment a reality for individuals with disabilities. This award reflects directly on our agency and vendor partners, who continue to provide outstanding coaching and management support to our exceptional supported employees.

Supported Employment program participates in Community Summit

Supported Employment program participates in Community Summit

From June 16 to 18, the third annual Community Summit was held in Wenatchee, Washington. Members of the Supported Employment community gathered from all over the state and country to participate in a series of sessions based on three underlying themes: (1) Imagine, Engage, Empower; (2) Local & Global; and (3) Making it Happen! Washington Governor Jay Inslee attended and presented the opening address, sharing with attendees his praises, goals, and aspirations for the Supported Employment workforce and community.


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