Employment Training

General Resources

Able SC - Employment Programs

Adult Enrichment Centers

York CAN Partner
  • High Five (Adult Day Program)
  • High Five Works (Individualized Employment Services)

359 Park Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs Board

York CAN Partner
  • Case management/Linkages
  • Adult Day Program
  • Career preparation services
  • Community Services


Sheila McWaters
(803) 285-4368

1126 Camp Creek Rd
Lancaster, SC 29720

Good Will Industries of the Southern Piedmont

York CAN Partner

5301 Wilkinson Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28208

Maxabilties of York County

York CAN Partner
  • Self-advocacy group, meets quarterly, age 18 and up
  • Case management/Linkages
  • Adult Day Program
  • Career Preparation Services
  • Community services
  • Supported employment & group employment


Michelle Shaffer
(803) 628-5999

7900 Park Place Road
York, SC 29745

SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department

York CAN Partner

1020 Heckle Blvd
Rock Hill, SC 29732

York Coffee Roastery

York CAN Partner
  • Job Training

132 Blackburn St
York, SC 29745

York Technical College Continuing Education

Non-Traditional Post-Secondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Carolina LIFE

York CAN Partner
  • An inclusive certificate college program for students with diverse learning needs


Tony Plotner

820 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Clemson LIFE

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  • The ClemsonLIFE program at Clemson University is designed for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus.

Suite G-01 Tillman Hall
101 Gantt Circle
Clemson, SC 29634

Coastal Carolina LIFE

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  • The Coastal Carolina University LIFE program is a four-year, tuition-based, post-secondary education and transition program for young adults who have mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as defined by AAIDD.

100 Tom Trout Drive
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528

College of Charleston REACH

York CAN Partner
  • The REACH Program at the College of Charleston is a four-year, fully inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Winthrop Think College

York CAN Partner
  • Inclusive post-secondary program for individuals with disabilities

320B Withers Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Employment First DDSN (Parents & Professionals)

Hiring young adults with disabilities and special needs

the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department has transition counselors that work with young adults to gain employment or the skills for competitive employment after completing school. When the young adult is successfully employed and no longer needs VR services, employment specialists through the DDSN can help them maintain their job, increase new skills, and advance in their career.

Employment First DDSN (Youth Version)

Employment at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred outcome for working age adults, regardless of disability.

Employment means identity, personal enrichment, more choices, expanded social networks and support systems, and increased income.

SSI at 18 and Benefit Specialists

What happens to my Supplemental Security Income when I turn 18?

Can I keep my SSI? Can I work? Are there ways to earn money without reducing my SSI check? Start getting answers about Supplemental Security Income here.

Section 301 for those in VR or Similar Programs

Policy for Section 301 Payments to Individuals Participating in a Vocational Rehabilitation or Similar Program

VR Youth Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation for Young Adults with Disabilities

VR helps young adults with disabilities build self-esteem, develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills, and prepare for employment success and life as adults. VR also provides pre-employment training for students with disabilities, including job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, and much more.