DBHDD provides Supported Employment services as ongoing supports to assist individuals with disabilities in locating and maintaining meaningful employment in their communities. Supports are designed to capture the individual’s strengths, needs, and interests.
For help accessing supported employment services in your area, please contact your regional field office.
DBHDD works with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to assist people with a range of disabilities to enter or return to the workforce. GVRA funds time-limited supported employment services, providing the early supports up through stabilization, which can occur as early as sixty days after a placement. There are two types of supported employment: traditional supported employment and customized supported employment. Both types require long-term follow-up support in order to assure continued success for people who experience the most significant disabilities. It is DBHDD’s responsibility to provide those long-term supports.
Supported Employment Success Stories
- Ryan Carroll works as a Stocking Technician in the Laboratory at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. His duties include: picking up specimens from outlying clinics and delivering them to the Lab, decreasing patient wait times and increasing satisfaction rates amongst families. His contributions have made such an impact that the Departments he services held a “Ryan Carroll Appreciation Day” to recognize him for his work.
- Since 2012, Shameka has enjoyed economic independence and increased community integration thanks to her job as an Endoscopy Technician in Savannah. Her supervisors and coworkers say she is a great asset to their team.
- Melissa Barber waited 7 years after high school until she got the support that helped her go to work. She is young, cool, and outgoing. Harley-Davidson in Tifton, GA was the perfect employment match for her.
- Charlie is a farm hand at an organic working farm, J and L Farm and Stables in Hephzibah, Georgia. Charlie is responsible for the animals; feeding, gathering eggs, watering, and taking them in and out of pasture as needed. He also does gardening, and drives the farm equipment to mow, clear limbs, and clean out flowerbeds to prepare the farm for the spring. Charlie stays busy and likes to keep working.