Job Training

cdjpThe Arc Mid-South provides career development and job placement services to adults with disabilities.  The Arc Mid-South’s Career Development and Job Placement Program works to ensure that people with disabilities have access to real employment with real wages, as well as the needed supports to obtain and maintain employment in the community. 

The Arc's employment services has a continuous goal of enhancing its services by providing best practices and applying the following values to job development:

1. Presumption of Employment: regardless of the severity of the disability, an individual has the right to work.

2. Self Determination: the conviction that a person can regulate their employment path, their chosen type of employment, and the supports and services needed to accomplish their goals.

3. Ability Focus: to focus on an individual’s strengths and aspirations and not their disability.

4.Commensurate Wage and Benefits: the belief that an individual with a disability can earn wages equal to that of a co-worker performing the same job.

5.Best Practices: a commitment to change as dictated by both consumer choice, and workplace, community and/or national trends.

The overall benefit to the Individuals Supported in the Career Development Program is total inclusion in the workforce. The benefit to the employer is that he will receive a enthusiastic employee, with specialized supports to train and maintain employment. Click here for information flyer

Life, Education, Training Skills Program
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The Arc Mid-South’s Life Skills Program aims to increase students’ self-confidence through instruction in GATEWAY preparation, money management, sex education, homemaking skills, safety awareness, self determination, health & wellness,  benefits navigation, housing and transportation possibilities. It provides the necessary tools designed to prepare individuals with disabilities to become independent.

The Arc Mid-South provides a curriculum to acquire functional life skills in at least one of three areas: (a) recreation and/or leisure; (b) maintaining a home and/or personal care; and/or (c) participation in the community.  Life skill interventions are designed to increase academic, social/communicative, and vocational competence for individuals with disabilities. 

The focus of the program is to ensure inclusion and to decrease dependence of state welfare dollars.

Individuals interested in the Life, Education, Training, Skills program should contact The Arc Mid-South office.  Referrals are also accepted from the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

“DREAMS OF HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA COME TRUE” a student success story.


Click here for Life, Education, Training, Skills Program Class of 2012

GED Test Preparation

Oftentimes, individuals in high school special education classes receive basic certificates of completion, but aren’t afforded an opportunity to obtain their high school diploma.  Moreover, many adults with learning disabilities may graduate but still aren’t able to read basic sight words. 

The Arc Mid-South strongly believes that in order for an individual to increase self-reliance and confidence, they must attain the necessary tools.  

The Career Development and Job Placement Program is designed to grant individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to increase literacy, to obtain their diplomas, to acquire basic skills needed for employment,and to discover and secure meaningful job positions. 


Training Topics

  • Budgeting
  • Goal Setting
  • Health/Safety
  • Social Interactions
  • Time Management
  • Proper Dress/Grooming
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Work Habits/Procedures
  • Verbal/Non-Verbal Communication
  • Vocational Assessment


Areas of Employment

  • Collections
  • Clerical/Office
  • Custodial
  • Food Service
  • Health Care
  • Retail/Hospitality
  • Manufacturing/Production
  • Telecommunications
  • Warehouse


Benefits to Employers

Dependability- Surveys show that people with disabilities are dependable and offer stabilization in high turnover positions.
Competence- Participants are screened, trained and matched to jobs in area of interest and educational level.
Enhancement- Workers provide a diversified work environment and positive company image.
Employers' Tax incentives- Three incentives provided by the federal government help businesses offset the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities.

  1. Small business tax credit- IRS code section 44: Given to small businesses for making their businesses accessible to persons with disabilities. 
  2. Architectural/ Transportation tax deduction (IRS code 190): Given to businesses for expenses incurred to removed physical structural, and transportation for persons with disabilities.
  3. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Provision for employers who hire people with disabilities or who hire individuals from certain low income groups. 

Employers who give back 


Job Readiness - Job Readiness Training increases individuals' employability by teaching necessary skills, including:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Building
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Dress for success
  • Appropriately Managing Workplace Culture (Instruction on which attitudes and behaviors are most desired in competitive and supported employment)

Training and Follow Ups - When Supported Individuals are placed on the job, we make a lifelong commitment to communicate with both the individual supported and the employer, and to provide continual support whenever it is necessary.

Vocational Evaluation

Vocational Evaluation is an educational process in which an individual obtains greater self and work knowledge through participation in work activities designed to evaluate vocational skills, interests, and abilities. Individuals Supported learn about the functional impact of their disability in relation to their career options. They also learn about assistive technology and the devices and accommodations needed to remove barriers to employment. The evaluation process encourages personal involvement in career planning and development and empowers Individuals Supported by increasing their self-confidence in career decision making.

Application Form

Click here to view the Career Development and Job Placement application form.

Training Schedule

Life, Education, Training, and Skills ( L.E.T.S) Program
Tuesday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Job Readiness
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Arc Mid-South
3485 Poplar Avenue, Suite 210
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 327-2473


Career Development and Job Placement Staff

Angela Hudson , Employment Coordinator
Sandra Hawkins,
Employment Coordinator
Mildred Shores
, Instructor


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