Best Buddies Jobs Program
The Best Buddies Jobs program represents one of our organization’s three key mission pillars, Integrated Employment. This program secures jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves.
The Jobs program places focus beyond the typical jobs in which a person with IDD might be placed. Best Buddies focuses on white collar jobs such as: receptionists, mailroom assistants, file clerks, office assistants and retail associates.
Matches skilled and qualified individuals with IDD with businesses seeking enthusiastic and dedicated employees. Through the Jobs program, Best Buddies develops partnerships with employers, assists with the hiring process and provides ongoing support to the employee and employer.
An estimated 84% of adults (18+) with developmental disabilities do not have a paid job in the community. The Best Buddies Jobs program has participants employed full time who each have the potential to earn a total income upwards of $1mm over 30 years and contribute $250k in taxes back into the economy, rather than costing the government approximately $750k each in Federal SSI and Medicaid support during that time period.
Best Buddies Jobs is accredited by CARF International for Community Employment Services.
CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Toll free (888) 281-6531. www.carf.org
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All individuals served by Best Buddies Jobs must:
• Have a primary diagnosis that is an intellectual or developmental disability
• Have a desire to work in the community
Best Buddies Jobs is not designed to serve individuals who:
• Have a major mental illness that is not controlled by medication
• Have any severe behavior problems
• Are active substance abusers
• Lack the legal right to work