Changing Lives

FCC/DD Supported Work Program helps dreams come true for disabled


Published Monday, March 28, 2005

EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES

FOR PEOPLE

WITH DISABILITIES

The Faulkner County Council on Developmental Disabilities, (FCC/DD) Supported Work Program was developed in 1987 with a mission to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities by assisting them with their dream of working in the community.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services provides eligibility certification to FCC/DD to do job development, job placement, on-the-job training and follow-along service to persons 18 years of age and older who, due to the severity of their disability, are not able to function independently on the job without supports. Without Long Term Support Services, retraining, intervention and counseling being provided, these individuals could not maintain continued employment

What services does FCC/DD provide?

Joint Opportunities Building Success (JOBS+)

Eight classes (Self Esteem, Why We Work, Applications, Resume, Preparing for the Interview, Interview, What the Employer Expects, Job Retention)

Job Development/Job

Placement

Jobs developed are reflective of personal interest and abilities as well as employer needs.

Job Coaching

Provides a supportive network to help the worker learn the job and retain the job.

Transportation Services

FCC/DD provides transportation for the mentally and physically disabled, disadvantaged citizens of Faulkner County. Services include transportation for employment, medical and personal needs.

Extended Services

Provides follow-along support to employers and the employee.

It Takes a Village

FCC/DD works closely with Faulkner County Day School Workforce, Independent Living Services, Conway School District Special Education Department and My House Inc. Representatives from each of these agencies serve on the FCC/DD Board of Directors. Through this collaboration of agencies, a broad range of services and training is available to individuals with disabilities.

You can make a difference

Supportive Employment is an exciting, innovative approach to employment for persons with developmental disabilities. As an employer we know you are committed to the improvement of your community and the people in it. When you hire a person with developmental disabilities, you get a reliable and dependable worker and you make it possible for the individual to be gainfully employed, self-supporting, a taxpayer and an independent citizen of our community.

Serving Board of Directors

Vicki Holt, President

Kathy Hall, Vice President

Jackie Fliss, Secretary/Treasurer

Calvin Price, Tom Erbach, Roger Williams, Jim Clemons

Executive Director Robert D. Wright

FCC/DD Board meetings are held the third Friday of each month, 9:30 a.m., at 1301 N. Museum Road.

Special Thanks

FCC/DD would like to thank Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, United Way and the City of Conway (CDBG) for their financial support. Thank you also to the Board of Directors and staff. A special thank you to the businesses of Conway for providing employment opportunities!



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