The Best Buddies Texas Jobs project will impact 50 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are seeking employment. Our program model allows BBTX to deliver high touch training to prepare participants to enter the workforce. The Best Buddies Jobs program secures jobs for people with disabilities, allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and independently support themselves. Best Buddies builds careers that match the job seeker's interests and talents, like all of us.
85% of people with disabilities are unemployed and only 13% of adults (18+) with IDD have a paid, individually supported or competitive job in the community. Students with IDD are not typically asked what they want to be when they grow up until they are 14 years old. Educators are often the sole provider of resources for students and families. Employers aren't aware of the many ways employing people with disabilities increases profitability, retention, improves work culture and company image.
Our Jobs program is unique in that we provide training, support, and individualized placement for our participants in roles that are non-traditional for this population. Many of our participants work in office settings, hospitality, retail, and food services rather than isolated environments. We build careers rather than simply get any job. Our program is high touch, meaning coaching before, during and after placement. Accessibility training in the workplace sets up work colleagues for success.
This project will train, develop and place 50 individuals with disabilities resulting in their growing in confidence, become financially responsible, paying taxes and leading meaningful lives rather than 'graduating to the couch' because neither they, nor their families realize their potential. Employers have already demonstrated that by hiring and supporting people with IDD, they achieved 28% higher revenue and experiences double the employee retention rate through these loyal employees.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).