The Issue: Low Employment Rate for People with Disabilities
In 2010, individuals with disabilities were employed at a rate of 33.4%, compared with 72.8% of the general public, according to a report by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics. One factor that contributes to a low employment rate among people with disabilities is lack of access to job training.
The Campaign: Equipping Vocational-Training Computer Lab
If this Grassroots campaign raises $330, then Open Arms Care Memphis can purchase typing and reading software for its computer lab, which is used to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities develop job skills that can enhance their ability to live independently. If an additional $1,000 is raised, the organization can also install email software to further improve vocational-training sessions.
Open Arms Care Memphis
In 1989, Open Arms Care established its first eight group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in four cities: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Within two years, the organization expanded to 32 group homes, which were built to meet the specific needs of their residents. Qualified and dedicated staff members are onsite 24/7 to support the homes’ residents. Clients also have access to a medical doctor, nurses, and therapists as needed. In addition to basic care, Open Arms Care provides community work settings where clients can participate in vocational training and volunteer opportunities, developing the skills they need to live more independently.
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