As the Executive Director of EmployAbility, I’ve witnessed how deeply meaningful it for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be embraced by the community as valued, appreciated citizens. With support from EmployAbility, our program participants are growing, thriving, and creating a richer community by being in it through working and volunteering – using their abilities to their fullest!
In addition to being embraced by the community, employment for people with IDD adds another level of engagement: these hardworking people – once disconnected from the economy – are now earning income and contributing to Savannah’s thriving economy, supporting local businesses, and building a strong foundation for independence. Because of your support in 2019:
• 42 Community Access
Group program participants
volunteered weekly at 18
• 49 Day Habilitation program participants worked
through community outings and individualized skill
• 213 people with IDD are
working in the community,
supported by job coaches
13 new employers hired
through EmployAbility for
the first time
• 91% of Supported Employment program participants earned above minimum wage, and the average wage was $9.38 per hour
We believe that an IDD diagnosis should not be a barrier between a person and the community, and you are a key component of our success! Thanks to your support, EmployAbility remains a forerunner in offering the highest level of services to people with IDD in the state of Georgia.
EmployAbility is launching some exciting enhancements to its programs in the coming year that will continue shaping the landscape of opportunity for people with IDD in Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan Counties. We can’t wait to update you throughout the year with our progress so that you can see the successes that you helped to make possible. Together, we can accomplish so much!
Happy New Year!
Dr. Ken Boyd