Mt. Rogers IDC observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2013

Mount Rogers IDC has joined other employers in recognizing October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

The theme for 2013 is ”Because We Are Equal to the Task” and this recognizes the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace and promotes the right to equal employment opportunity for all people.

Mount Rogers IDC offers a variety of employment options for persons with disabilities. In addition to contracts with local businesses and industries, the IDC has been a member of the AbilityOne Program since 1986. The AbilityOne Program is a federal initiative to support people who are blind or have other severe disabilities to find employment by working for nonprofit agencies that sell products and/or services to the U.S. government. As a member of AbilityOne, the IDC has manufactured various products for the military including helmet covers, advanced combat shirts, and handkerchiefs.

The IDC also provides support to individuals to gain community-based employment through its job development and placement services. Individuals work in a variety of jobs including food service attendants, production assembly, product inspectors, grocery baggers, clerical services, janitorial services and other positions. Once an employer has identified their hiring needs, IDC staff works with the employer to find the right person for the position. The IDC can also provide a small group of persons with staff supervision to work at a host company. On-going support and supervision provides the employer the assurance that their company’s needs are met timely, cost effectively and in a quality manner.

The Twin County/Galax IDC located in the Carroll Industrial Park in Hillsville currently provides training, employment, and support services for approximately 165 persons with disabilities from Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax. A facility in Atkins serves Smyth County and a facility in Wytheville serves Wythe and Bland counties.

In addition to employment opportunities, the IDC also provides Day Support services. These services provide individuals the opportunity to acquire, improve and/or maintain skills and abilities in areas of personal care, communication, social interaction, community participation and other areas of daily living.

The IDC is one of several services operated by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board that offers a comprehensive array of services for persons with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. The CSB is a regional service to the citizens of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe Counties and the City of Galax.

For further information on the Twin County/Galax IDC’s employment services, call 728-2106 or 236-8128.