Success stories: Faulkner County Council on Developmental Disabilities

Published Thursday, October 03, 2002

The FCC/DD is an agency whose goal is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. They provide a supported work program which aids in job development, job placement, on-the-job training, and follow along services. FCC/DD gives eight different success-building classes that prepare clients for the job environment. FCC/DD then will place the candidate in a job that reflects personal interests and abilities and employer needs. FCC/DD also provides transportation for those who are physically and mentally disabled.

One outstanding example of how FCC/DD can make a difference is a developmentally disabled man named Brian Young. Brian had memory and hand coordination problems. Through FCC/DD, Brian attended a 10-day class that prepared him for job situations and environment. He was first placed in a job assembling pizza boxes at Papa John's. This repetition helped him to develop and further his skills. Brian now does filing for the American Management Corporation. Brian says he really likes this job and "the people are really nice".

FCC/DD Administrative Assistant Rennia Johnston, who keeps close contact with Brian, says "Brian has done really well and has increased his hours." Brian hopes to eventually work full time at American Management Corporation.

Brian also attends Profiles, which is a day habilitation program of Independent Living Services that works closely with FCC/DD. Brian is now living on his own and is very thankful for FCC/DD. When asked how FCC/DD made a difference for him, he said that it has "changed his life altogether."

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