Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)


STARS strives to be the premier employment service in the Valley for teens and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities through an individual first approach with high quality, personalized services to empower and equip each participant for independence and success in the workplace. This is achieved by having strong connections to, and working collaborations with, many local employers.

Through careful and caring supervision in a protected work environment, our trained staff helps develop and teach meaningful employment-related activities. We work with individuals to develop real-life, vocational skills such as hygiene, punctuality, supervisory & peer relationships, job interviewing and work etiquette. This initiative is designed to build confidence and help participants obtain and retain an independent position.

Helping individuals experience independence in the workplace.

Services are offered to those with a developmental or physical disability who are Vocational Rehabilitation or DDD eligible or families interested in a private pay option.  To learn more on how to gain employment through CIE or to become a STARS Community Partner contact Tom Kowalczyk, Director of CIE: tkowalczyk@starsaz.org

Join us on this inspiring journey as we showcase the triumphs of a handful of participants who have found success in the workplace. Their journey is a testament to their incredible abilities and the transformative power of meaningful work. Through their dedication, they are rewriting the narrative of what is possible, breaking down barriers, and reshaping perceptions.

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