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Expansion of Employment Opportunities for People with I/DD

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?Goal1

  • 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 new 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)

  • Two groups have purchased a license to establish Project SEARCH sites in Charlotte with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Hendersonville with Blue Ridge Community College.
  • A coalition has met at the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to find a sustainable funding solution for the instructor position in the Project SEARCH community college programs across North Carolina.

What has been achieved to date?

What long-term changes are expected as a result of this initiative?

How can I get involved?

Contact Philip C. Woodward, Systems Change Manager, philip.c.woodward@dhhs.nc.gov 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, patkeul@yahoo.com
NCCDD: Philip C. Woodward, Systems Change Manager, philip.c.woodward@dhhs.nc.gov



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