The Arc believes people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities can be employed in the community alongside people without disabilities and earn competitive wages. They should be supported to make informed choices about their work and careers and have the resources to seek, obtain, and be successful in community employment.
Historically, the majority of people with I/DD living in South Carolina have been either unemployed or underemployed despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work in the community. Many have been placed in “prevocational” programs and “disability-only” workshops where they are paid below minimum wage and have little expectation of moving into jobs where they work alongside people without disabilities.
The Arc of the Midlands will use the following best practices to change current employment models for people with I/DD living in South Carolina:
• Assessing skills and interests, working with employers, matching jobs to skill sets and employer needs, providing individualized and ongoing job supports, designing reasonable job accommodations, integrating people into the workforce, building social skills necessary in the workplace, and securing necessary ancillary services such as transportation.
• Ensuring people with I/DD have training and information on how to access supports needed to find and keep jobs.
To learn about one of our supportive employment success stories, click here.