Resources

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)

NCCDD works to assure that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, integration, independence, productivity and inclusion in all areas of community life. Through its Five-Year Plan, the Council identifies and funds innovative projects and initiatives that promote the goals of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) for all NorthCarolinians. www.nccdd.org

NC DHHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other supports to people with disabilities who are entering the workforce or changing jobs. NCVR helps applicants evaluate their strengths; define their job skills and experience; and collaborates with them to develop employment plans. These plans rely on vocational evaluation and diagnostic services help to make everybody job-ready and can include college, internships,on-the-job training or personal assistance to expand their employment opportunities. www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dvrs

Disability:IN North Carolina

The North Carolina Business Leadership Network (NCBLN) has a new brand: Disability:IN North Carolina. Disability:IN North Carolina is a proud affiliate of Disability: IN, the leading nonprofit resource for disability inclusion worldwide. Disability:IN includes a network of over 160 corporations devoted to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Disability:IN North Carolina provides a collective voice for groups of business leaders, human resource executives and other stakeholders to join forces to increase disability inclusion and equality. Below are the programs and services we offer in North Carolina. www.di-nc.org

EveryBody Works NC

EveryBody Works NC sees inclusive, competitive employment as the best means to assure independence and quality of life for everyone in North Carolina regardless of their disability, substance misuse disorder history or economic status. A “real meaningful job” provides dignity, financial security and new social opportunities to those who face barriers to employment including as at-risk teens, people who are striving for or in recovery for substance misuse and people with intellectual/developmental or physical disabilities. www.everybodyworksnc.org

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a high school or young adult transition initiative which is a business-led, one-year, school-to-work program that combines classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). There are currently 14 Project SEARCH sites in North Carolina. For more information visit: www.nccdd.org/project-search.html

North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance (NC PSEA)

The North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance is a diverse group consisting of emerging leaders with developmental disabilities, representatives of state agencies and organizations, legislators, educators, and families as well as other advocates. Their mission is to expand the options for postsecondary education for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout North Carolina. Visit their website for a list of resources pertaining to the postsecondary education options across the state of North Carolina: www.cidd.unc.edu/psea/