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Vocation and Employment Assistance

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 

 

If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt. 0 or email info@chattanoogaautismcenter.org

Assists people with disabilities in preparing for, seeking, securing, and maintaining employment.  Provides vocational evaluation, situational work assessment, work adjustment training, job readiness skills instruction, life skills instruction, job placement services and follow-up employment services. Employers are provided information about tax incentives, job analysis and job accommodations.


Websitecaringinc.org/
Contact: June Grimes, Director

Emailcaringinc@bellsouth.net

Jasper Office: (423) 942-1800
Dayton Office: (423) 775-4043

Cross Plains Community Partner is a nonprofit organization providing community-based day and employment services to adults in Northwest GA with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Their day program uses a person-centered approach to discover people's interests, gifts, and needs for support. Activities may include transportation to community locations and events, support connecting with friends in the community, volunteering and civic engagement, recreational activities, art sessions, and more.

 

They also provide supported employment services in partnership with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation.

Web addresshttps://crossplainscp.org

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/crossplainscp/
Location: 2738 Underwood Road, Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: (706) 278-8143
Email: crossplains@crossplainscp.org

The Employment and Community First CHOICES program is administered by TennCare through it’s contracted managed care organizations. They offer services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services in the program will help people become employed and live as independently as possible in the community. To apply go to the web address below and fill out the Self-Referral form, by clicking on “Self-referral form” on the left-side of the webpage. The website will guide you to find further information on the application process.

 

Ages served: All ages

Web addresshttps://www.tn.gov/content/tn/tenncare/long-term-services-supports/employment-and-community-first-choices.html

Phone: 1 (800) 342-3145

EmailTenn.Care@tn.gov

GVRA operates five programs that share a primary goal -- to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs is Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Disability Adjudication Services and the Roosevelt Warm Springs. Two other unique divisions serve consumers with visual impairments -- the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind. 
 

Services

  • Vocational assessment

  • Vocational counseling and guidance

  • Physical and mental restoration services

  • Vocational training

  • School-to-work transition

  • Rehabilitation technology

  • Supported employment

  • Job search and job placement

  • Referral to other agencies for needed services

Websitewww.gvs.ga.gov or https://gvs.georgia.gov/about-us


Dalton Office: serves Whitfield and Murray Counties
Phone: (706) 272-2303
Address: 1615 Hickory Street, Suite 106, Dalton GA 30720
 
Lafayette Office: serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker Counties
Phone: (706) 638-5536
Address: 202 W. Villanow Street, Lafayette GA 30728

The new option program (NOW) and Comprehensive support wavier program (COMP) provide support for Georgians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community. COMP serves individuals with more intensive needs, primarily those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who require residential care. The NOW/COMP programs are accessed through the DBHDD system of services. The DBHDD is administered through 6 Field Offices that serve Georgia. Link to fact sheet and more information is file:///C:/Users/CAC%20Staff/Downloads/19now_comp%20(1).pdf. 

Website: https://georgia.gov/apply-new-option-waiver-program-now-and-comprehensive-support-waiver-program-comp

DBHDD link: https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/regional-field-offices

Phone(404) 657-2252

Location: 2 Peachtree Street NW, 24th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303 

This new training center helps people get better jobs than the ones they currently have. They can assist in job searches, including help writing a resume, preparing for an interview, or placement in a job with one of our corporate partners. They work with many different businesses in the region and can be your connection to a better job.

Location: 7601 East Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, 

Contact: Taryn Balwinski, Intake Specialist 423-629-2501 Ext. 7601 Tarynb@Goodwillchatt.org

DAY SERVICES:

Individuals in the region who have disabilities can apply to participate in the Life Bridges Day Program. Life Bridges staff get to know the individuals they support; learning their interests and goals, and helping them find activities. Outings and activities focus on a variety of skill building and exploration activities; including volunteering, learning about jobs and focusing on pursuing interests and building independence. Life Bridges also works with ECF Choices to help adults who are interested in pursuing a job in the community. Their employment support staff focus on identifying interests and skills and using them to discover a meaningful workplace. The person is supported in learning the skills necessary to interview for a job, learn on the job skills, and how to approach any workplace problems as they arise.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES:

Life Bridges has four ICF/IID homes that serve individuals with Intellectual disabilities and other disabilities who may be medically fragile and/or behaviorally challenged. Programming is tailored to the needs of the individual and is provided on a 24/7 basis. Supports include nursing, therapies and active treatment.

THERAPIES FOR ADULTS:

Therapies include occupational therapy, physical therapy and ABA therapy. Their clinic also has a nutritionist and 2 medical practitioners.

 

Ages served: 18 years and older

Web address: https://lifebridgesonline.com/

Location: 764 Old Chattanooga Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311

Phone: 423 472-5268

Email: charleshamby@lifebridgesonline.com, djackson@lifebridgesonline.com

Murray County Developmental Center

MCDC is a non-profit agency working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Their mission is to provide services and support throguh the provision of community services which enhance the quality of their lives.

Services Include:

- community and group services

- individual services

- prevocational activities: training in job skills

- supported employment: develops jobs in community, provides ongoing suport and on the job training

Location: 7345 W. Chestnut St. Chatsworth, TN 30705

Email: mcdc@windstream.net
Phone: (706)-695-4571

Networking & Neurodiversity is an ongoing event series hosted on Floor Five of The Edney by The Enterprise Center in partnership with Chattanooga Autism Center. They host a Neurodiversity Networking and Happy Hour. This event is for neurodivergent people, allies, friends, family, and also for employers who are seeking to hire people with disabilities and for employment specialists who help people with disabilities find or improve employment. It's a safe, welcoming, inclusive event where you can come have food, drinks, and play tabletop games. You also have the option of talking to other people including employers and advocates in our community.


Where: Enterprise Center, 5th floor
When: Quarterly, join newsletter to be alerted of dates
Cost: Free
Sign up for notifications: CLICK HERE

For more information, contact Gabrielle Chevalier at gabrielle@theenterprisectr.org

The STAR Center provides services for education, employment, and quality of life for all ages and needs. They will help a child learn to read, help a person get their first job, and help the elderly stay in their homes. They are dedicated to making West Tennessee a place where people with disabilities can make their dreams a reality.  

 

Web addresshttps://www.star-center.org/employment/

Location: 1119 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson, TN 38305

Phone: (731) 668-3888

Serve most counties in West and Middle TN

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VR) provides a variety of individualized services to persons with disabilities in preparation for their employment in the competitive labor market. VR advocates employment outcomes for clients that are consistent with their individual strengths, resources, abilities, capabilities and informed choice.

 

Community Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers:

There are seventeen Community Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers that provide employment related services to applicants and eligible customers of the Vocational Rehabilitation program. Vocational evaluation, employee development and employment services are designed to assist individuals with disabilities to reach gainful employment. The process involves identifying an appropriate vocational goal and assisting customers with attaining essential work behaviors to achieve and maintain employment.

 

Website: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/humanservices/ds/vocational-rehabilitation.html

Chattanooga Location:

Eastgate Center, Suite 602-B
5600 Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411

Phone: (423) 634-6700

To find other locations, CLICK HERE

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