Some individuals that have completed the Employee Development and/or Community Employment Services programs are not able to obtain and master a job in the community. This is usually because their disability is significant, and it limits the amount of work which they can complete. When this happens and when there is an opening for on-going employment at Workshops, an individual may be hired as an "Organizational Employee" at Workshops. This is very similar to a regular, ongoing job in the community with many of the benefits of a regular job.
Each Organizational Employee has a Program Manager, a Department Manager and Supervisors who assist in ongoing training and individualized planning for the future.
There is no cost to the organizational employee for this service, and organizational employees are compensated for their work. There are usually about 70 organizational employee jobs at Workshops and openings are limited. In recent years, due to the longevity of our organizational employees, only about 5 to 10 new organizational employees have been hired each year. Each year approximately 5 organizational employees will move to regular jobs in the community, or may retire.
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than 50% greater than for people without disabilities
People with disabilities constitute the nation's largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time
Of 70 million families in the United States, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability
The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is ten times greater than the national unemployment rate
People with disabilities are nearly twice as likely as people without disabilities to have an annual household income of $15,000 or less
According to the U.S. Department of Education, workers with disabilities are rated consistently as average or above average in performance, quality and quantity of work, flexibility, and attendance.
Alabama has the second highest rate of disability in the U.S.