For nearly 50 years LaunchAbility, formerly Special Care & Career Services, has been expanding worlds for adults with disabilities by providing services to help them reach their maximum potential. The climate for people with disabilities has changed dramatically. People with disabilities are living longer, are more capable of employment, AND they need to be employed because they are outliving their support system. We continue to be at the forefront and are launching an exciting array of new programs and post secondary jobs and training for our adult clients. This training will enhance the ability of people with disabilities to get hired into better jobs at a higher pay rate and truly develop a career.
Where we are today – LaunchAbility!
Our award-winning programs are the launch point that offer a career, confidence and independence to adults with disabilities and are the inspiration for our name: LaunchAbility. More than a name, LaunchAbility embodies our mission to expand and develop the abilities of our clients, launching them to reach their maximum potential.
LaunchAbility provides a continuum of support to our clients and their families. The father of one of our clients said, “You were there when our child was a baby with programs that expanded our minds to her future opportunities; when she graduated and all her friends moved off to the next phase of their lives, the agency was there again to help expand her world by finding her the right job and helping her keep it!”
We are launching innovative programs that will serve the community in unprecedented ways. The record-breaking growth of our programs gives us the opportunity to branch out and change even more lives.
LaunchAbility is leading collaborative efforts with organizations serving individuals with disabilities, their families, and employers, to find and develop innovative solutions.
LaunchAbility’s SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT (SE)
LaunchAbility® is dedicated to helping employers build diverse cultures through disability hiring while supporting our clients, who are adults with diverse abilities, in leading independent lives. To do this, LaunchAbility's team helps adults find and maintain meaningful employment, supporting employers throughout the employment relationship.
Our adult clients have an array of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions. The Federal Government considers these conditions as severe disabilities when it comes to employment. We are inspired by the fact that every person with severe disabilities placed in a job returns up to $47,000 per year to the Federal government alone in reduced need for social services and increased ability of the individual to pay taxes.
Our traditional Supported Employment services meet all ten quality indicators for a successful supported employment program identified by Virginia Commonwealth University. We assess our clients’ skills and abilities; find employment for them that meets the clients’ criteria and fills a true need for the employer; train clients on the job; and support them for as long as they are employed.
LaunchAbility's team helps adults find and maintain meaningful employment, supporting employers throughout the employment relationship. Our clients are loyal, hard-working individuals who want to learn, contribute to their community and gain independence through employment. They are proud of their abilities and their employers and love to share what they do with friends and family. Each and every client is different, and we embrace those differences; we work to find the "right fit for the right job" so both the business benefits and our clients realize independence.
Our services range from career development / coaching, resume / interview preparation, job identification and on-the-job coaching for clients to disability etiquette training and consulting for employers.
We are most proud of the job retention rates of our clients. Part of this success is due to the care we take in placing clients in the right job. More than 50% of LaunchAbility Supported Employment clients have remained employed with the same employer for more than 5 years.