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Bringing home that first pay check is a milestone for everyone.

To help adults with developmental disabilities achieve this rite of passage, The Arc of Palm Beach County provides supported employment services for individuals who are seeking employment, as well as ongoing support once they are hired.

Our employment specialist is active in the Palm Beach County community; partnering with businesses to learn about, or help to create opportunities for inclusive competitive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. At the same time, our employment specialist works with clients to find out their interests and skills, so that when a position is available that matches the individual’s abilities and desires, a connection is made.

We provide three different types of employment services:

1) Enclave Employment

This is a group approach to employment where recipients with disabilities work either as a group or individually within an integrated work setting under the supervision of The Arc staff.

Today, we offer Enclave Employment to individuals who are working at two well-known companies in Palm Beach County: Otis Elevators and Pratt Whitney. They are making above minimum wage and are supported at work by an Arc of Palm Beach County staff member or the Employment Specialist/Job coach. They may work up to 20 hours a week.

Participants in our Enclave Employment program are employees of The Arc of Palm Beach County.

We are in the process of expanding employment opportunities throughout our community. Contact us at 561-842-3213 to learn how enclave employment may benefit your business.

2) Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

This is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job.

The Arc of Palm Beach County will assist individuals from VR with pre-employment preparation and job placement. Individuals work with an employment specialist on resume building, job searches and setting up interviews in order to accomplish the goal of employment in a competitive work environment.

The Arc of Palm Beach County offers individuals ages 14 to 22 with self-advocacy and pre-employment skills training. This training and skills program prepares them to enter the work force when they transition out of high school. Individuals can receive one-on-one instruction and assistance in pre-employment preparations. An Arc Employment Specialist assists and supports participants with resume building, job searches, and setting up interviews.

On-the-job training helps people with disabilities get familiar with the work environment. Participants gain valuable work experience while being fully supported by an employer and employment specialist when needed.

3) Supportive Employment through Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD):

This program assists individuals in getting and maintaining jobs with the help of a job coach/employment specialist. Individuals in our Supportive Employment program earn a competitive wage with benefits from an employer in an inclusive environment within our community.


If you are interested in learning more about our Employment Services programs, call Kristie Giles at 561-842-3213 ext. 150.
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