Advocacy and Programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Employment Programs

Since 1990, The Arc of Greensboro has offered vocational guidance and supported employment for the region’s working-age adults with intellectual disabilities. An essential component of those services is reshaping public policy to expand employment opportunities for people with intellectual and/or physical limitation disabilities. Only a tiny fraction of working-age adults with intellectual disabilities are gainfully employed in North Carolina compared to their non-disabled counterparts. The employment rate of working-age adults with disabilities in North Carolina is approximately 37% compared to 80% of adults without disabilities. The state’s rate of poverty, which is set at an annual income of $9,800 for a single adult, is 27% for people with disabilities compared to 10% of working-age people without disabilities. North Carolina’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Sandhills Center contract with The Arc to assist disabled adults in securing and maintaining competitive jobs that pay at least minimum wage. Each year, The Arc helps more than 100 adults with disabilities obtain gainful employment in Greater Greensboro by working in partnership with local businesses. Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute has identified supported employment as a best practice model for increasing “the employment and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities and improving the quality of their lives.” Employment readiness activities, job placement guidance and continuous on-the-job support helps people with disabilities integrate into community life and reduce dependency on Social Security Disability (SSD) and other government supports. Rewarding employment also provides opportunities for individuals to express their personal talents and interests.

CAP Supported Employment:

CAP Supported Employment Services provide assistance to individuals 16 and older participating in the Innovations Waiver with choosing, acquiring, and maintaining a job for whom competitive employment has not been achieved and/or has been interrupted or intermittent.

Supported Employment:

Supported EmploymentSupported Employment provides a continuum of vocational services for adults ages 16-64 who meet the eligibility criteria of the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Job Club:

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Job Club provides support for adults with I/DD who are employed and/or actively seeking employment. Members increase community awareness of the incredible employment potential of individuals with I/DD through business networking.

Project SEARCH:

Project Search LogoProject Search provides a comprehensive approach to employment, job retention, and career advancement for individuals with I/DD. Students are eligible to apply for this competitive program when they are in their final year of high school.