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The SC Disability Employment Coalition formed in the fall of 2014 to address employment barriers for individuals with disabilities in South Carolina.  Members meet quarterly, and committees meet on a monthly basis.  The committees and their missions are explained below:

Centralized Outreach committee

Mission: To develop a plan where information about employment for people with disabilities will be available and marketed to businesses, people with disabilities, disability organizations, etc.

Employer Outreach committee

Mission: To develop a strategy to include the business community with promoting employment for people with disabilities.

Transition to Careers committee

Mission: Establish an infrastructure for South Carolinians with disabilities of private and public career supports in which policy and practice is aligned to promote integrated employment as the preferred service option and outcome.

Infrastructure Committee

Mission: Establish an infrastructure for South Carolinians with disabilities of private and public career supports in which policy and practice is aligned to promote integrated and competitive employment as the preferred service option and outcome.

If you are interested in serving on or learning more about the Coalition’s work across South Carolina please contact the Coalition liaison and Able SC’s Director of Employment Programs, Sandy Jordan, at sjordan@able-sc.org or by calling 1-800-681-7715, ext. 110.

The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition is funded by the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health & Human Services, and the SC Developmental Disabilities Council.

Employment First Position Statement for SC Centers for Independent Living: 

As a Center for Independent Living that is grounded in the disability rights movement and run and operated by the majority of individuals with disabilities, we are united in the belief that community-based, integrated employment for individuals with all types of disabilities should be the only option when it comes to employment.  Individuals with disabilities CAN work and should have the freedom, support, and opportunity to achieve competitive, integrated employment. We advocate for systems where funding for employment programs shift away from sheltered workshops and other non-competitive employment and move towards a system that promotes equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disability.

We establish an “Employment First” position by adhering to the following practices:

  • Assist individuals with disabilities to explore and obtain employment opportunities based on the individual’s interests and goals.
  • Advocate to remove employment barriers for individuals with disabilities.
  • Advocate for a systemic and collaborative approach between all partners and stakeholders.
  • Provide employment information in a variety of accessible formats.
  • Ensure work incentives counseling is made available so individuals can understand the impact of income on benefits and the opportunities for asset accumulation.
  • Provide training to employers regarding hiring  and retaining individuals with disabilities.
  • Continuously evaluate, adjust, and improve employment services and operations.