The Career Development and Job Placement program at The Arc Mid-South provides skills assessment and job readiness training for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of the program is to educate people with disabilities through classes, workshops, and individualized counseling in order to achieve the ultimate goal of the individual reaching fullest level of independence thus strengthening our communities and our families.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities have significant learning & cognitive issues. The transition from high school to adulthood often offers nothing more than a deep void & uncertainty. The usual options for these students, especially those past the age of 18, have been limited to segregated life skills or community-based transition programs.
How will this project solve this problem?
The 360 hour program educates people with disabilities through classes, workshops, and individualized counseling in order to achieve the ultimate goal of the individual reaching their fullest level of independence thus strengthening our communities and our families. The anticipated impact is a stronger population of well-trained, self-sufficient citizens who can contribute positively to society both economically and socially.
Potential Long Term Impact
The $75,000 raised through Global Giving will provide GED preparation, life skills, job coaching, and job skills training to approximately 68 persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The ongoing support allows The Arc Mid-South to ensure that individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities live life as full and active members of their community.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.