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Your generous support helped Julius move from training to triumph!

Thanks to community support, Julius is building towards a more independent life. Your gift gave him opportunity to put his abilities to work as an active member of the community – the sweetest success of all!

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Rise and Shine

Landing a job is a daunting task, but what if the deck was stacked against you from the start? Nation-wide, the rate of unemployment among people with disabilities – a staggering 10.6% in 2016 – is more than double the rate for people with no disability. Shane Johnson...

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The Value of Day Habilitation

Caring for an adult with developmental disabilities may present added challenges when multiple disabilities are involved and as the individual ages. As these adults need greater assistance performing daily self-care activities, family members and caregivers may...

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Project SEARCH Prepares Students for Success

Central Supply in a hospital is a daunting place.  It’s where all of the medical supplies are kept, in an impeccably organized labyrinth of shelves, boxes, and packages. Ro, a newly-hired high school student, had been training for weeks in Central Supply, and her boss...

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The Future of Community Employment

Always a leader in the region, Coastal Center for Developmental Services began to embrace the supported employment concept in the 1980s, years before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibited discrimination in employment, public services, and...

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When Abilities Outshine Labels

  When you meet BJ Clark, you see a well-dressed man with a warm smile – someone you would consider "normal." Confident and outgoing, his demeanor can light up a room of strangers with little effort. But what you wouldn’t know is that BJ has overcome many obstacles to...

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NDEAM: Inclusion Drives Innovation

  The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of...

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