Here are answers to frequently asked questions about PACE.
Am I eligible for your program?
How will you help me find a job?
PACE Services serves a wide range of individuals with varying disabilities and barriers to employment. Individuals with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, brain injuries, deaf/hard of hearing and mental illness can use our programs and services. If you have a difficult time finding and/or keeping a job or think the classes can be of benefit to you, give us a call.
How long does it usually take for some to find a job?
You will be assigned an employment specialist who will work with you to determine your strengths and interests. Your employment specialist teaches you the skills needed to find a job. The level of assistance is determined by the skills you currently possess.
How much do people earn? Do they work full or part time?
This varies depending on how much time and effort you put into the job search and your involvement with the job search process. Each individual accepts a certain degree of responsibility in the job search process.
How do you help me plan for the kind of services that fit me best?
Individuals earn from minimum wage and up per hour. The decision to work full or part time is determined by the funding source and you.
How will you help me with long-term follow-up after I get a job?
We schedule a meeting with you and your support team to devise and implement an individualized plan. This plan determines the services you will receive.
What if I have special needs like medications, personal care, cultural diversity, behavioral challenges or safety issues?
PACE is committed to assisting you with follow-up as long as it is needed. We remain in contact with you and your employer on a regular basis and are available for any follow-up services that may be necessary.
Tell me about PACE Services staff.
PACE staff are not allowed to provide medical care or administer medications. Personal care is very limited. Staff are trained to respect an individual's cultural diversity. Staff also are experienced with safety issues and behavioral challenges. However, students must follow the college’s code of conduct.
Where do you receive your funding?
PACE has a diverse staff with a wealth of experience. We are parents with a disabled child, siblings of disabled individuals, relatives of disabled individuals, special education certified teachers, elementary and secondary teachers, social workers and employees with a disability. Most importantly, we are a committed staff — committed to the growth and independence of the individuals we serve. The program has minimal turnover, which gives you stable, committed and thorough services.
PACE contracts with Spokane County for Employment and Community Access services , high schools for transition services, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for employment and independent living services. In addition, we receive funding from the Community Colleges of Spokane.