Devoted to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 205  Lisle, IL 60532

Services for Job Seekers


Work is a central part of adult life. People often identify themselves by the work that they do. A job can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride and have an enormous effect on our overall life satisfaction.


Finding the right job is not always easy, but with support from our staff, PAEP can make this process less stressful! Individuals requesting services from PAEP must be connected to the Division of Rehabilitation Services.


To get started, locate your nearest DRS office by using the online Rehabilitation Service Web Referral, then refer yourself or someone else for services.


Can't access the link or not comfortable with filling out the information online?


  • Call the Downers Grove office at 630-495-0500/TTY: 888-261-8512 or

  • PAEP can assist you with this - call 630-440-2283/TTY: 630-440-2283


Overview of Services

Professional Employment Specialists work one-on-one with qualified individuals with disabilities to provide an array of supported employment programs and services including:

Career Counseling

PAEP will engage participants to identify and determine the employment skills, interests to develop short-term career goals, and interests to develop long-term career goal.

Job Training and Preparation

Development and preparation services are individualized services that assist individuals with disabilities seeking employment to develop skills, attitudes, interpersonal skills, work behaviors, and functional capacities to achieve identified employment goals. 

Job Development and Placement

PAEP staff use assessment information about each participant seeking employment to target the types of jobs available from potential employers in the local labor market. Job development activities include contacting employers and building networks to develop and identify job opportunities, completing work site analysis, negotiating job carving or other job accommodations, and assisting the individual in finding jobs and employers well-matched to their employment goals.

Job Coaching and Support Services

Once an individual is placed into employment, PAEP provides job training and coaching services to ensure long-term success on the job.

Job site training services include assisting the individual with performance on the new job task and helping them understand job culture and industry practices, and work behaviors expected by the employer.

Helping individuals with disabilities achieve independence one job at a time

 Eligibility for Services

Parents Alliance Employment Project serves individuals residing in DuPage County and other surrounding counties including Cook, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and WIll County who have a documented disability that may include developmental, cognitive, mental and physical disabilities and are:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Motivated to work and meet employer expectations

  • Able to achieve independence after initial training period

  • Able to provide transportation or learn public transportation

  • Connected to a third party funding sponsor such as the IL Department of Human Services-Division of Rehabilitation Services (DHS-DRS)

  • It should be noted that there are times that there may be a wait time to deem eligibility and receive services



 Frequently Asked Questions for Job Seeker Services

Q: How much do services cost?


The services provided by Parents Alliance Employment Project are at no cost for clients and employers. PAEP receives funding from a variety of sources, including state, county and local community high schools to support the services that are provided.


Q: How long are services provided/How long does a participant remain an “active client” of your agency?


The services provided by PAEP are extremely individualized and based on each individual’s needs as they relate to employment. Therefore, the length of time may differ for every person. The average time that a person works with PAEP is 10-12 months. This time frame includes all aspects of services from intake appointment to job-readiness training to placement and coaching.


Q: What will an “Employment Specialist” do for me when my case is open?


An Employment Specialist is a trained career counselor who works with people with disabilities to help them gain the employment they are looking for. If the individual is not sure what they are looking for, the Employment Specialist can help them assess their skills and develop possible job industries to explore with some possible jobs to look into. Once the client is positive about what position they are looking for, the Employment Specialist will go out in the community on the client’s behalf and contact employers about job opportunities. When a position is obtained, the Employment Specialist is also the Job Coach on the employment site if the client needs more help in learning the skills necessary skills for the position.


For more information, read our Handbook for Supported Employment Services.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.


Parents Alliance Employment Project works in partnership with the workNet DuPage Career Center

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) 

has accredited Parents Alliance Employment Project for its Employment Services: Community Employment Services in Job Development, Job Supports, and Job Site Training Programs.

We do not provide direct services through this website; it is intended for informational purposes only.

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