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Gov. Brian Kemp Tours EmployAbility

June 2019

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), visited EmployAbility Tuesday, June 18, 2019, to tour its facilities and meet its program participants. Kemp was invited to tour EmployAbility while he was in the region touring several local businesses. This was the Governor’s first visit to EmployAbility since being elected in early 2019.

Gov. Kemp and Commissioner Fitzgerald were greeted by more than 100 excited EmployAbility program participants. Joined by Senator Ben Watson, Representative Bill Hutchins, and several local business leaders, they toured each of EmployAbility’s training programs, getting to see firsthand the value of EmployAbility’s training programs as well as the remarkable skills of its program participants, before meeting with members of the EmployAbility Board and senior leadership for a presentation about the organization, the benefits of employment and community integration for adults with developmental disabilities, and the impact that EmployAbility has on the three counties (Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan) it serves.

“[EmployAbility] is really an outstanding community-based organization that provides hope and training and learning opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who might need special supports and services in order to learn the skills and begin training, and then take those skills out into the community to work with an employer.” Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)

EmployAbility supports 238 individuals through its Supported Employment program, working for approximately 140 employers throughout Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan Counties. The average wage for these workers is $9.21/hr. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, employers who have embraced disability as a component of their talent strategy report a 72% increase in overall employee productivity and a 38% savings in workers’ compensation or other insurance costs.

“[EmployAbility] is a great option for employers and when you have companies like Leopold’s Ice Cream and Gulfstream, people in the Savannah area know who those people are, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for everybody else.” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

About EmployAbility

EmployAbility is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that prepares adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for competitive employment and community inclusion.

As a non-governmental organization, we rely heavily on support from individual donors, businesses, and foundation grants for funding. No donation is too small to help us sustain our vital programs.

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