Developmental Education & Workforce Access:
Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Montgomery County Internship Program for individuals with significant disabilities. Highlights from a recent press conference with county Executive Ike Leggett.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett held a press conference highlighting Montgomery County's new public internship program for individuals with significant disabilities. A number of recent alumni of the Graduate Transition Program have internships working for the County at the Departments of Transportation, and Health and Human Services. Also speaking at the press conference, representing Montgomery College, were GTP alumni Brian Kao (in blue sweater) and Alisa Ogden (in pink sweater), and Program Director, Karla Nabors (back row on left).
Montgomery College's Graduate Transition program is a custom-tailored program for developmentally disabled students. The program helps students transition to greater independent living through developmentally appropriate educational employment training and life-skill services. Student take classes in the morning and work in the afternoon.
The paid internship program at the County is aimed to alleviate the high unemployment rate of people with disabilities. The program is at the leading edge of what other County and State agencies are doing to provide work opportunities. Since October 2007, the program has created nearly two dozen part-time jobs in county departments.
Interns work between one and 18 hours per week, with the number of hours determined by the needs of the department and the abilities and interests of each applicant. Interns are paid $7.20 per hour and do not accrue leave or receive health benefits.
The county's Department of Health and Human Services oversees the project whose goal is to provide interns with an opportunity to learn and refine skills so that they can compete for merit positions within the county and elsewhere.
"We applaud all county departments that are participating in this project and the County Executive for his vision and leadership to include individuals with significant disabilities in all aspects of county life," said Karla Nabors, Program Director for Montgomery College, Developmental Education/Workforce Access.
"Empowering individuals with disabilities to live, learn, work and participate in the social fabric of our community helps them become productive citizens," Nabors said.