Like anyone else, youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) want to participate fully in the life of their community. Although there are many different avenues for community inclusion, finding a good job may be among the most impactful. A good job can increase self-confidence, build social connections, teach new skills, and provide a sense of purpose. A good job can make a powerful difference in the lives of individuals with IDD!
However, some families may be hesitant to pursue work in the community. They may wonder if it is possible or doable. They may not know what types of jobs would be a good fit. They may worry about whether their daughter or son would be successful.
Below is a collection of videos that show Tennesseans with disabilities working in a range of jobs.