Creating equal opportunities so people with disabilities can reach their full potential for employment and contribution to their communities.


Advancing Employment is dedicated to building a community for inclusive employment in Georgia. It is here where individuals with disabilities, their families, service providers, and others interested in employment can learn and connect with one another. We believe competitive integrated employment is possible for everyone.  

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Farm Again is an umbrella entity that houses a wide variety of projects that aide individuals with disabilties interested in agriculture. 

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WorkWorks Online Job Coach Training

To assist in addressing the workforce development needs of Georgia’s Supported Employment Workforce, IHDD offers Job Coach Certification. This web-based certificate program is designed for employment specialists and job coaches who assist persons with significant disabilities to direct their own support systems and to become successfully employed in careers of choice. The program’s curriculum is endorsed by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Graduates are awarded ACRE’s National Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services (Professional Level with 1 year applicable work experience) and are included in ACRE’s National Registry. Over 350 professionals have participated in the course with studentsfrom 34 states, Canada (Alberta, Ontario, & Quebec), South Africa and Germany.

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Partners for Employment / Collaborative Project with UNM UCEDD

For the past three years, IHDD has been partnering with the Center for Development and Disability (UCEDD) at the University of New Mexico to provide training and technical assistance throughout the state. Partners for Employment is a collaborative approach to increasing employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The primary goal is to build capacity within the state of New Mexico among state agencies personnel, service providers, family members, self-advocates, employers and other supports.  Find out more about Partners for Employment by emailing us at

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): Customized Career Pathways

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development-Workforce Division. The purpose of the Georgia DEI is to improve the job placement rates for youth and adults with significant disabilities in two workforce regions in the state by customizing access to credential-based education and training pathways offered through the technical college system in the focus areas of Agriculture, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Logistics. The project will focus on customizing career pathways in high-demand industries, facilitating cross-system collaboration and expansion of the capacity of the American Job Center system in Georgia to serve customers with significant disabilities.

DEI will achieve seven main objectives:

  1. To include people with disabilities into existing career pathways strategies and programs to improve employment outcomes for youth and adults with significant disabilities.
  2. Expand the capacity of America’s Job Centers in Georgia to provide services and supports as a part of Integrated Resource Teams that serve people with significant disabilities in customized employment.
  3. Develop cooperative technical assistance and training to expand customized service delivery capabilities. 

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Employment First Collaborative

Employment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. The DD Network is part of a statewide coalition advocating for legislation that would make Georgia an Employment First state. This means that throughout Georgia’s social service system, meaningful employment would become a primary objective for all working-age Georgians with disabilities. More than 26states have Employment First policies. Find out more about Employment First by emailing us at

Chamber of Commerce Employment Initiative

Person centered jobs for individuals with DD are generally not found through the typical labor driven model. It often requires creativity and customization to result in a good fit for both the employee and the employer.  To aide employers to diversity their workforce, IHDD is in the process of conducting a series of employment roundtables around the state. In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, we will target three different communities each year. The events will feature a panel of successful employee’s with disabilities and their employers. After giving an overview of best employment practices the events will cumulate in work groups to discuss ways local employers could hire more individuals with disabilities. Interested participants will have on-going follow-up from the project team.  Find out more about Employment First by emailing us at