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Getting a Job When You Have an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD)

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — November 9, 2020 — 2 min read
Supported employment is a service that helps our adult members find and keep a job that makes sense for them.

I Have a Disability. Can I Get a Job?

Your care coordinator can help you figure out if getting a job is right for you! However, for the most part, Supported Employment is for any  member who wants to get a job. Whether you want more independence or extra spending money, getting a job can be a great next step in your journey.

What is Supported Employment Like?

There are lots of job options out there for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). For our members, they can talk with their care coordinators about getting connected with a program that offers job placement.

Step One:
Your care coordinator will tell you if Supported Employment could work for you.

Step Two:
With your care coordinator’s help, you’ll link up with the right program to get started.

Step Three:
Those working with the program will help you find out what you would like to do. Then they’ll help you create a resume, search for jobs, and apply for jobs. Then they’ll also help you practice your interview skills.

Step Four:
Once you get a job, you’ll get help with the paperwork.
Available services

Learn more about our service Supported Employment.

Why Should I Use Supported Employment Services?

It can be hard to get a job on your own if you have an IDD. Supported Employment makes it a lot easier—they’ll help push you in the right direction so you stay on track.

Getting a Job Can Help You Grow!

Having a job can make you feel more connected with yourself and others. You will:
  • Find out what you do and don’t like to do
  • Discover your hidden talent
  • Get to know your community better
  • Meet new people
  • Make new friends along the way
Everyone wants to get better. If you’re feeling “stuck,” getting a job might be what you need. One of our care coordinator's from Winston-Salem explained:

“I’ve had members say they have a dream: ‘I want a job.’ When they finally find a job and that dream has been accomplished, their dream grows! They grow as an individual. Getting a job is a turning wheel of success and growth.” 
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