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Workforce and Research Programs

The workforce and research programs at SourceAmerica are focused on our beneficiaries—people with disabilities. We conduct research, run projects, and develop programs to make significant progress toward our goal of full and fair employment for people with disabilities.

Pathways to Careers

Pathways to Careers (Pathways) is a program that connects individuals with disabilities to internships that match their skills and interests. Pathways promotes informed choice and upward mobility.

Quality Work Environment (QWE)

The Quality Work Environment identifies, shares and executes best practices so employees with significant disabilities receive enhanced vocational opportunities, improved wages and increased upward mobility. It is a continuous improvement process that can be tailored to the needs of each nonprofit agency in the SourceAmerica network.

Design Challenge

A national engineering competition, the Design Challenge, is aimed at creating innovative workplace technology for people with disabilities. High school and collegiate student teams work with an individual with a disability—through a nonprofit agency that employs people with disabilities—to invent a process, device, system or software that enhances productivity or overcomes workplace obstacles. Inventions are evaluated on their impact in the workplace.

Franchise Programs

The SourceAmerica Franchise Program teaches nonprofit agencies about franchising through individual consultations, periodic webinars and workshops. Through franchising, nonprofit agencies can hire and instruct even more people with disabilities, giving them expanded employment choices and opportunities for advancement. There are currently 12 different franchise companies that participate in SourceAmerica's franchise program, including Subway, UPS Stores, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and College Hunks.

Ideas to Work Fund

The Ideas to Work Fund (IWF) Grant Program provides matching grant funds to nonprofit agencies to create more jobs for people with significant disabilities. The goal: encourage nonprofits to develop innovative initiatives that have strong potential to create jobs. IWF Grant Program projects include franchise opportunities, an electronic recycling program, an elder and healthcare food service program, paid internship programs, a contract manufacturing and distribution services program, and two nonprofit consortiums.

Research and Innovation

As a pioneer and advocate of the disability employment community in the United States, SourceAmerica leads the effort of collecting workforce research data and intelligence. The breadth and depth of workforce data enables SourceAmerica to develop valuable insights and complex research of the national disability employment landscape.

Speaker's Bureau

Our speaker's bureau highlight the talent and potential of people with disabilities and promote the message of tolerance both in and out of the workplace. Whether you are looking for a speaker who can inspire and energize your audience with their can-do spirit or who can call attention to the important contributions each of us has the ability to make, we can connect you with the right speaker for you.