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Programs for Persons 

with Disabilities




We provide vocational rehabilitation services to all persons with ability limitations. Our referrals come from the Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan, Workplace Safety Insurance Board, Service Canada and private insurance. You can also self-refer to our services by giving us a call.


Check out our services below by clicking on the title and reading the description.

On-the-Job Training

These services are provided for clients with any of the following

● Significant barriers to employment

● Limited skills or work experiences

● Lack of self-confidence

● Lack of ability to market themselves to potential employers


Job placement services will help the client to:

Research the job market

Develop job-search skills

● Tryout various kinds of work

● Locate opportunities for On-the-Job training

● Secure and maintain paid employment


On-the-Job Training services are used to market individual clients and may include:

● Finding and/or developing employment opportunities

● Finding and/or developing workplace training opportunities (On-the-Job training (OJT), Job Trials or Unpaid Work Experience (UWE))

● Assisting the client to develop a job search plan and appropriate job search skills (e.g. labour market research, resume writing, interview skills, etc.)

● Supporting the client in their job search

● Matching eligible client to jobs as they become available

● Negotiating jobs for people with disabilities

● Developing job related descriptions with employers

● Assisting with the provisions of employee accommodations, workplace training subsidies, or other employment supports approved on a client's plan

● Providing supportive follow-up to the employer and the client

Psychological Assessment

Where it becomes apparent that a client is struggling with other significant issues (i.e. depression, cognitive functioning, etc.) that are impacting their work reintegration process, a referral for this service will be available.

Typically, this will result in the completion, with the client's agreement, of a full Psychological Assessment. These assessments focus on psychological issues as they pertain to an individuals vocational future and are administered by a certified psychologist. Without exception the results are reviewed in a joint meeting with the psychologist, client and counselor; the foundation for future, on-going counselling and counselling goals.

Job Trials & Unpaid Work Experience

Job Trials


Trials may be used to test out abilities and interests for specific types of jobs.

They key activities are:

● Provide information about and exposure to different occupations and workplaces

Find and/or develop work placement opportunities for each individual

Test out abilities and interests for specific types of jobs

Identify disability related barriers associated with specific occupations

Identify accommodations required for specific reasons

The length of job trials will vary from client to client.


Unpaid Work Experience 


Unpaid Work Experience may be appropriate for clients who require exposure to the work environment before they can undertake specific training or employment or for clients who are assessing their physical and/or emotional tolerance for competitive employment. This service is used in the Employment Planning and Job placement phase.

The key activities of an Unpaid Work Experience are:

● Find and/or develop work experience opportunities for each individual

● Identify disability-related barriers of performing the job

● Identify job-related training needs, where appropriate

 Negotiate provisions with the employer for employee accommodations or other employment supports as required

Develop labour market experience and references for clients who have no prior or recent work experience 

Monitor participant progress and provide supportive follow-up to the client and employer (telephone contact and face-to-face meetings)

Duration: up to 3 months

Job Maintenance

Job Maintenance services provide various levels of ongoing support to people with disabilities to help them maintain competitive employment.


Job Maintenance Support Service:

● is based on assessed needs

● is available as long as it is required for a client to maintain employment

● may include telephone follow-up, brief meetings or consultations that may involve the employer

● will identify when increased support is required if there is a job crisis

● level of support may vary over time


Job Maintenance supports are not time-limited and may continue until the participant identifies that the service is no longer required. To continue to receive the service, the participant must demonstrate the successful outcome of maintaining competitive employment.

Job Matching and Placement Incentives

Have you been job searching for a period of time? Do you have some potential job leads? Our job developers may be able to assist you to secure employment with financial incentives to employers for hiring. Make an appointment with a counsellor to discuss your suitability for this program.

Job Coaching

Job Coaching services assist people with disabilities to develop the skills necessary to function independently in competitive employment. It is intended to assist a trainee or newly hired employee to attain productivity that matches other workers and to help the participant deal with work performance issues. Job Coaching usually involves extensive liaison with both the employee and the employer. Job Coaching service plans must have clear goals and timelines, and demonstrate diminishing need for support.


Starting the Job:

The Job Coach will ensure that the employer provides the participant with:

● Orientation to the work environment

● Any neccessary job accommodations

● Orientation to the responsibilities/duties of the job position

● Demonstration of specific work tasks


Job Retention

The Job Coach will provide assistance in helping the participant adjust to the workplace and to perform the job tasks to expected standards.

This will include attention to:

● Work habits (e.g. punctuality, attendance, grooming)

● Work performance (e.g. specific job skills, accuracy and quality of work, volume or quantity of work, comprehension of written/oral instructions)

● Work attitude (e.g. response too supervision, ability to get along with co-workers, interest in the job and initiative)

● Resolution of job crisis situation, if any

Remember, return to work employment plans will improve your potential to secure and maintain employment!


Ontario Disability Support Program

We provide vocational rehabilitation services to all persons with ability limitations. Some of our common sources of referrals come from the Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan, Workplace Safety Insurance Board, Service Canada and private insurance. You can also self refer to our services and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.

For more information on the Employment Supports program, click here

W.I.N.D.O.W. Program

Work Integration and Needs Determination for Ontario Works

The W.I.N.D.O.W. Program provides employment services, specifically Employability Assessments to individuals who have perceived barriers that are not clearly identified. To find out more about this program and how it could help you, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long has your agency been in business and what are your qualifications?

Watton Employment Services Inc. was incorporated in 1997 and has since been helping people with disabilities find employment. Our counselling staff are qualified practitioners with university degrees or diplomas in relevant areas of study.

What types of disabilities do you have experience with?

It is important to note that although we have experience with a variety of individuals, it is our policy to assist clients by focusing on their strengths and positive attributes rather than limitations or disabilities.

Watton Employment Services Inc. (WES) is considered a generalist in the vocational industry, similar to the term used to describe a family doctor or a general practitioner. In other words, we meet with individuals with all types of disabilities. If we find ourselves in a situation where a highly specialized service is required (i.e. sign language interpreter), we will call in a specialist.

The types of disabilities with which we have experience with fall under the broad categories of medical, psychological, physical, cognitive, developmental and learning disabilities. This includes but is not limited to the following:


● Anti-Social Personality Disorder 

● Anxiety

● Anxiety Disorder

● Arthritis

● Attention Deficit Disorder

● Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

● Back Problems

● Bi Polar Disorder

● Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

● Chronic Pain

● Cognitive/Intellectual Functioning

● Delusional Disorder

● Dependent Personality Disorder

● Depression

● Developmental Delay

● Diverticulitis

● Dysthymia

● Epilepsy

● Fibromyalgia

● Functional Illiteracy

● Head Injury

● Hearing Impairment

● Hepatitis C

● Learning Disabled

● Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

● Panic Disorder

● Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

● Schizoaffective Disorder

● Schizophrenia

● Sherman's Disease

● Sleep Apnea

● Visual Impairment                          

What kind of success have you had finding employment for persons with disabilities?

If you are motivated to work, have the skills for the job and an opportunity exists, then our success rate exceeds 95%.

Employment planning is the key and an important step in helping you establish a vocational goal that is appropriate and realistic.

What types of jobs have you found?

Just about every individual we work with is looking for something different. We have found paid employment in everything from A to Z, literally from Auto Detailer to Zookeeper. Other types of jobs we have located were in work environments that included: retail, clerical, computers, horticulture, restaurants, schools, fitness centres, nursing homes, real estate, trades, driving, legal, web designer, animal care, construction, food services, music industry, manufacturing, and many more.

First we help you identify the type of job that is best suited for you, and then we match you with a suitable employer. 

Are you able to meet with me in the community?

We are able to meet you at some locations convenient for you. We do encourage you to meet us at one of our office locations if you are considering work outside your home. We would like the opportunity to meet with you and provide you with some more details on how we can help you achieve your goals.

Where can I get the support I need?

Our main office is located at 9 Elgin Street East, Suite 7 in Cobourg, Ontario and we also service a geographical area east to Trenton, north to Peterborough and West to the York Region border. We offer satellite locations specializing in the W.I.N.D.O.W. and O.D.S.P programs in Campbellford, Brighton, Colborne, Peterborough, Roseneath and Whitby, by appointment only.


about Employment Supports by following the links