Employment Services

employment-services-imageMount Rogers IDC offers a variety of comprehensive employment and day services that provide training, support, and job opportunities for adults with disabilities. Services are designed to meet individuals’ needs and to support persons served to reach their full potential.

IDC General Admissions Criteria

  • Resident of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, or Wythe Counties or the City of Galax, Virginia
  • Have a diagnosed disability
  • Eighteen years of age or older (exception for school students)

Additional criteria for specific services may apply

Employment Services are accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

For more information regarding the IDC’s employment services, please contact the Program Manager for your service area:

Pam Fortner
Twin County/Galax Center
494 Industrial Park Drive
Hillsville, VA 24343
(276) 728-2106

Keren Coffin
Wythe/Bland Center
255 George James Drive
Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 228-8651

Hannah Taylor
Smyth Center
271 Mountain Empire Road
Atkins, VA 24311
(276) 783-7135

Services are designed to:

  • Develop or re-establish work skills, behavior, and habits (Work Adjustment Training)
  • Enhance and support wage-earning capability (Extended Employment)
  • Transition from school to work (Work Readiness Training)
  • Facilitate employment opportunities for persons who require support to work in integrated competitive employment (Supported Employment)

Work Adjustment is a time limited service designed to assist individuals to develop or re-establish work skills, behaviors, and habits to achieve positive employment outcomes. Individuals are provided the opportunity to develop good work habits and productive work behaviors while also earning money for work performed. Individuals typically enter the IDC’s employment services through Work Adjustment and are generally enrolled for a period of 30 to 60 days.

Extended Employment provides employment for persons who demonstrate the desire to work and who display good work habits but who are unable for a variety of reasons to meet the demands of competitive work. Extended Employment provides a long-term supported work environment to allow individuals to maintain or increase their productivity and to maximize earnings.

Work Readiness is designed to give students enrolled in the school system the opportunity to experience work-related activity necessary to make a meaningful transition from school to work. Students enrolled in Work Readiness divide their day between school and work.

Supported Employment is designed to facilitate employment opportunities for persons who need support in finding and keeping a community job.

  • Situational Assessments are used to gain information on individuals with little or no work history or those who have not worked for a significant period of time to determine preferences for particular employment opportunities as well as the specific types and level of support necessary. Situational Assessments utilize job sites in the community to identify the skills, interests, and training needs of an individual to assist in making a good job match.
  • Individual Placement includes initial job skills training by a job coach to support the employee in becoming proficient with a community job. The job coach gradually reduces the level of support as the employee gains proficiency. Following the period of on-the-job training, ongoing follow-along services can be provided to support the individual in maintaining a successful employment
  • Group Placement or Enclaves involve a small group of persons (usually five to eight) who receive training and supervision by IDC staff while working at a host company site.

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