Removing Barriers for People with Disabilities

Established in 2018, the Employing People with Disabilities Initiative creates win-win situations: employers fill their job openings with motivated employees, while people with disabilities gain more opportunities to use their skills in the workplace.

Opening pathways

The program opens pathways to employment by:

Assisting businesses

We help companies with disabilities awareness, worker retention, and more.

Empowering job seekers

We help candidates sharpen their resumes, interview skills, and more.

Making connections

We introduce qualified applicants to ready-to-hire companies.

Forming relationships

We partner with local organizations such as:

AWS Foundation

AWS Foundation supports a wide range of organizations and service agencies in northeast Indiana, working to develop a community in which people with enduring intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities are engaged fully and meaningfully in all aspects of community life.

ACRE

A Chance Re-Employment Agency (ACRE) provides training and placement services including, but not limited to resume development, skill development, and much more. They assist individuals with occupational barriers obtain workplace skills preparation for securing suitable and sustainable employment.

Benchmark Human Services

Benchmark serves individuals through the life cycle, from infancy to elder years. Programs support people at work, at home, and in the community through residential, employment, social, therapeutic, crisis response, and day services. Benchmark specializes in serving people with intense medical needs and high behaviors, including those with forensic backgrounds.

Blue Jacket

Blue Jacket, Inc. addresses critical and unmet needs for people with disabilities, preparing them for what lies ahead, and looking for the right employment opportunities for their unique skillsets. After graduation from their three-week job-readiness training program, Blue Jacket offers job placement as well as pre- and post-placement services including education, skills and interest assessments, and personal and professional development.

CORE

The CORE Vocational Training Program for Young Adults with Disabilities provides quality instruction and meaningful work experiences to young adults. In order to provide each trainee with a real-world job experience, training is completed on-site at various locations to learn job skills that are specific to that work environment.

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana

Easterseals Arc’s broad array of supports for people with disabilities includes a full range of employment services, from skills assessment to employment readiness training to job placements to on-the-job assistance.  The employment team works with area employers to ensure individuals are positioned to succeed and contribute to a company’s success. Easterseals Arc is an approved Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Ticket to Work provider.

GiGi’s Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse changes lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana

Goodwill provides opportunities for people with disabilities and employment barriers to build independence through employment. Our goal is to help youth and adults with vocational awareness, employment training, self advocacy, placement services and job support.

Partners in Autism

Partners in Autism is a family-owned, family-focused business providing quality services that respectfully and compassionately support individuals and families with special needs. Partners in Autism maintains an ever-growing autism center with an array of services including ABA therapy, employment services, and PAC waiver services with specialized training working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

The League

The League is a direct service provider and advocate through commitment to its mission to provide and promote opportunities that empower people with disabilities to achieve their potential.

Turnstone

Turnstone’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing one of the most comprehensive offerings of services and programs to people with disabilities and their families under one roof in the United States. Turnstone’s offerings help individuals develop physically, mentally, and socially to support their fullest life.