“To advocate for and provide technical assistance/training to support the hiring of qualified people with developmental disabilities in jobs of their choice.”
The ability to receive compensation for labor is one of the hallmarks of citizenship. Earning a competitive wage is often critical to becoming a part of a chosen community, but for many individuals with developmental disabilities, living wage employment has been an elusive goal. Despite well developed best practices, many people with disabilities find themselves unemployed, underemployed or isolated in segregated facilities working for nominal wages.
Over the years, the Council has funded projects to address these issues, including the Entrepreneurship projects and the PA Business Leaders Network. As a result of a June 2008 Round Table with invited experts, the Council will fund one project for the purpose of identifying best practices, and providing training, technical and other assistance for people with developmental disabilities
At a minimum the funded entity must be prepared to support the disability community in the following areas of importance to the Council
The proposer is free to suggest additional employment-focused areas of their work.
Along with this RFP, the Council will issue a separate RFP for a number of small grants to segregated work facilities enabling the people using these services to make planned transitions to more integrated employment settings. The successful proposer to this RFP will work with these smaller grantees to provide needed technical assistance and support.