Providing work opportunities to individuals with disabilities
As an accredited agency, Goodwill programs provide services and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they may exercise their right to participate in the life of the community. Regardless of ability, Goodwill believes that everyone deserves the right to live, learn, play, and work in the community with dignity, choices, opportunities, and responsibilities.
- Prevocational services for individuals with developmental disabilities
- Prevocational services delivered in American Sign Language (ASL) for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Facility-based day programs
- Community-based day programs
- Supported Employment Group and Individual Placement
- “Discovery” opportunities for real-work experiences and exploration
- Skills training
Specialized job programs
Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn specific, job-related skills in bike maintenance, janitorial, and electronics recycling.
Employees in the Good Bikes program repair donated bicycles and restore them to excellent working condition. Good Bikes not only provides employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it's also a full service bike shop open to anyone looking for a refurbished bike! Click here to learn more.
The Good Electronics recycling program gives work opportunities to individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, while also providing FREE, safe electronics recycling for the community. Goodwill ensures its employees work in a supportive environment, are learning new skills, and empowered by earning a paycheck. Click here to learn more.
Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to work with direct support on a supervised "enclave" consisting of 4 to 8 individuals and a supervisor. These enclaves provide light janitorial services to various Goodwill retail stores and a chance to develop their career and social skills.
Goodwill programs have always maintained accreditation from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.)
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The bicycle maintenance and repair field can be a complicated trade for anyone. For someone with intellectual disabilities, it can be quite the challenge—a challenge that Lawrence James overcame three years ago in his position with the Goodwill Good Bikes program. He is now thriving, having gained independence, knowledge and mechanical know-how. The job helped him come out of his shell, learn to advocate for himself and be more self-sufficient at home. Watch more Goodwill Success Stories here.