NCCDD is engaging an Employment Services Coordinator to actively engage in opportunities to expand competitive, integrated employment and careers for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Why is NCCDD funding this initiative?
- The 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium estimates that in 2015 only 32.2 percent of North Carolinians with disabilities were employed.
- Project SEARCH, a successful internship program designed to prepare high school students and young adults with I/DD to obtain employment after graduation, has grown from four North Carolina sites in 2013 to 12 sites through the end of 2016. NCCDD is supporting its sustainable expansion.
- NCCDD sees opportunities to develop paid apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships for individuals with I/DD interested in a specific career field.
- NCCDD has a goal to ensure traditional and non-traditional partners are working together to improve employment opportunities for people with I/DD in North Carolina.
- This initiative supports NCCDD's Goal 1 of the current Five Year Plan: Increase financial security through asset development for individuals with I/DD.
What are the major goals and objectives?
- Element I: Establish apprenticeships for individuals with I/DD in North Carolina.
- Element II: Continue to support the expansion of Project SEARCH in North Carolina.
- Element III: Form a coalition/partnership tasked with increasing employment opportunities for people with I/DD.
What has taken place since the start of the program? (Activities)
- The Employment Services Coordinator has identified apprenticeship replication sites in Chapel Hill and Marshall, NC.
- Applications for new Project SEARCH sites were approved, and technical assistance and a statewide training meeting strengthened all existing sites.
- A coalition has met at North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (NCVR) in Raleigh to identify a sustainable funding solution for the instructor position in the Project SEARCH community college programs across North Carolina.
What has been achieved to date?
- Feeding assistant apprenticeships were established in Marshall.
- Two groups have purchased a license to establish Project SEARCH sites in Charlotte with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Hendersonville with Blue Ridge Community College.
- The coalition has worked with the NC Community College System and industry partners to establish a list of industry-endorsed work-based competencies for Project SEARCH community college graduates to receive a credential.
- NCVR has dedicated a position to handle Project SEARCH statewide coordination.
- Hosted the “Making Work WORK for Families and Guardians” mini-conference with more than 50 participants on September 22, 2017 in Cary. To view photos of this event, click here.
What long-term changes are expected as a result of this initiative?
- More apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships that are registered with the North Carolina Department of Commerce will be available to individuals with I/DD in North Carolina.
- Project SEARCH will continue to expand sustainably in North Carolina with more community partners working together to fund the license fee to establish new Project SEARCH sites.
- The Project SEARCH community college programs will identify a sustainable way to fund the instructor position, thus enabling more community colleges to provide Project SEARCH internships to students with I/DD.
- Traditional and non-traditional partners will strengthen their partnerships to provide more opportunities for competitive, integrated opportunities and careers to individuals with I/DD.
How can I get involved?
Contact Travis Williams, Systems Change Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming involved in one or more of the above elements.
Who can I contact for questions?
Employment Services Coordinator: Patricia K. Keul, email@example.com
NCCDD: Travis Williams, Systems Change Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Security’s Representative Payee Program: https://www.ssa.gov/payee/
Click here to download a one pager of this initiative.
Making Work WORK for Families and Guardians Mini-conference Materials
To view photos of this event, click here.
Click on each presentation title below to download.
Holly Stiles, Disability Rights North Carolina, Opening Keynote: “Great Expectations: Alternatives to Guardianship" (ppt)
David Ingram, N.C. Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS) Closing Keynote: “Employment and Guardianship" (ppt)
Expansion of Employment Opportunities for People with I/DD initiative one-pager (pdf)
Rethinking Guardianship initiative one-pager (pdf)
How is guardianship status related to employment status for people with I/DD? Findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey (pdf)
What is the relationship between gender and employment status for individuals with I/DD? Finding from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey (pdf)
Medicaid Buy-In Fact Sheet With Premiums DRNC 2016 (pdf)
Britton Scercy Medicaid Buy-In Success Story (pdf)
2017 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Poster (pdf)