Position Statements

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 a 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.

Columbia Office

720 Gracern Rd. Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29210
803.779.5121
800.681.6805
TTY 803.779.0949

Greenville Office

135 Edinburgh Ct. Suite 101
Greenville, SC 29607
864.235.1421
800.681.7715
TTY 864.235.8798
Home - Transition Alliance of SC
Hire Me SC
Southeast ADA Center: Home - Your Regional Resource for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Home - yourtickettowork.ssa.gov
United Way Home
Family Connection of South Carolina
S.C. Developmental Disabilities Council
ACL Administration for Community Living