Closing the employment gap for adults with I/DD requires the participation of the entire community. Here are national and local resources for employers, job-seekers, and other community members.

Inclusive Employment

Vocational Rehabilitation Services – The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) helps people with disabilities achieve their goals for employment and independence.

NEXT for DEI – NEXT for DEI provides companies with the tools and resources they need to be neuroinclusive.

Small businesses: Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism – Interview with Gregg and Lori Ireland, Extraordinary Ventures co-founders, about small businesses founded by autistic adults.

Six lessons for job seekers with autism, and those without – San Francisco Chronicle article with job seeking tips.

Community Resources

Work Together NC – Work Together NC is a Community Collaboration focused on the transition to adulthood for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). They maintain a searchable list of over 200 services across North Carolina.

Autism Society of North Carolina – Among other resources and services, ASNC offers guidance and support to families to prepare for the transition to adulthood.

B3 Coffee – B3 Coffee is a nonprofit that provides community-integrated social and vocational opportunities for people of all abilities. Fill out their New Team Member form to get involved!

Reality Ministries – Reality Ministries fosters friendships amongst people of all abilities marked by mutuality, authenticity and the reality of Christ’s love for all.

HOPE NC and L’Arche – Inclusive communities in formation where adults with and without intellectual disabilities share life and friendships.

The Arc of the Triangle – Supports children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities [IDD] in the achievement of their personal goals and dreams in our community through partnership and advocacy.

PACID – PACID is a grassroots organization of over 180 families with adult children who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

HEELS 2 Transition – offers programs at UNC-Chapel Hill designed to support people with IDD during the transition to adulthood, including HEELS UP and HEELS Prep.

Autism Support and Advocacy Center – A Durham-based organization with a mission to enable and empower the Autistic and Neurodivergent community through the principles of Disability Justice.