EMPLOY

Hiring someone with an IDD can be an incredibly rewarding and smart business decision. They are usually reliable, productive and energetic workers who can bring diversity and new perspectives to your team. Research has shown that they are less likely to take sick days, less likely to be in work-related accidents and can excel in certain tasks where others can’t or won’t.

If you’re unsure about how hiring a person with IDD would help your business, check out our FAQ sheet with everything you need to know.

PLEDGE TO EMPLOY

The JAX Chamber and Connectable are partnering to launch the 20 in 20 campaign. This initiative is designed to inspire 20 JAX Chamber members to pledge to hire an individual with intellectual and developmental differences in 2020. Your company can be a part of it too. Local job placement agencies specializing in working with the IDD community will provide free turnkey support throughout the process.

What are good jobs for people with IDDs?

The jobs people with IDDs can do vary greatly on an individual basis. In general, people with IDDs often excel at detail-oriented or repetitive tasks, and many are incredible friendly and engaging with customers. Some of the best types of jobs and tasks for people with IDDs include:

Clerical and Office Positions

  • Filing
  • Scanning and copying
  • Entering data
  • Delivering mail

Technology/IT

  • Computer programming
  • Problem solving
  • Repairing computers

tech environments are especially good for some people with autism spectrum disorder

 Retail Sales

  • Organizing displays and stocking shelves
  • Greeting customers
  • Filing orders and packaging items

Other examples of jobs where people with IDDs can succeed are:

  • Culinary arts
  • Broadcasting technology
  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Computer programming

Interested in hiring an employee with an IDD?

Connect with one of the nonprofits listed below to learn more.

The Arc Jacksonville
Promotes and protects the human rights of people with IDDs


shamilton@arcjacksonville.org
arcjacksonville.org
(904) 355-0155
@TheArcJacksonville

DSAJ
(Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville)
Helps people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and helps create a more educated, inclusive community


peyton.miller@dsaj.org
dsaj.org
(904) 353-6300
@dsajacksonville

North Florida School of Special Education
Improves the lives of students with IDDs through the achievement of academic, vocational and social skills


aatkins@northfloridaschool.org
northfloridaschool.org
(904) 724-8323
@NorthFloridaSchoolofSpecialEducation

Pine Castle
Empowers people with intellectual differences to reach their highest potential


tholston@pinecastle.org
pinecastle.org
(904) 733-2650
@pinecastle

Hope Haven
Ensures that children and families realize their full potential by providing specialized services and individualized educational opportunities


amberc@hope-haven.org
hopehaven.org
(904) 346-5100
@hopehavenjax

Jacksonville School for Autism
Nurtures students to reach his/her full potential


sfernandez@jsakids.org
jsakids.org
(904) 724-8323
@JacksonvilleSchoolforAutism

employU
Our company is structured as a one-stop-shop offering adult employment services, youth programs, employability trainings, paid work experience, and a variety of assessments. Our services enhance a customer’s ability to successfully achieve independence by establishing a lifelong career.


jsaunders@employu.org
employu.org
(407) 598-0202
@employu

Challenge Enterprises
Provides person-centered programs, services and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities (ie. Downs Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, brain injuries, learning impaired, visual or hearing impaired, disabled veterans, and Wounded Warriors).


stephaniey@challengeenterprises.org
challengeenterprises.org
(904) 284-9859
@challengeenterprises

The ILRC
Empowers all people with a disability to live independent, self-empowered lives


aprils@theilrc.org
theilrc.org
(904) 399-8484
@TheILRC

Angelwood
Since 1993 Angelwood has been serving children, adults, seniors, and families living with intellectual and developmental differences such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and Spina Bifida.


kdaniels@angelwoodjax.org
angelwoodjax.org
(904) 288-7259
@angelwood

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