SourceAmerica®’s Workforce Development is comprised of an array of programs designed to support increased economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities. Through a combination of research, technical, and financial resources and a focus on long-term outcomes, these programs provide a unique value to SourceAmerica’s nonprofits, the individuals they serve, and the broader disability community.
Pathways to Careers (Pathways)
Pathways to Careers is a technical assistance center on workforce methodologies, offering training and resources to nonprofit agencies. SourceAmerica nonprofits participating in Pathways receive focused support in pursuing accreditations, enhancing staff development, and strengthening customized and supported employment models. Pathways is also exploring collaboration with university systems and other entities to expand the number of positive employment outcomes that can be achieved for individuals with disabilities.
Future of Work
The Future of Work is defined by SourceAmerica as the intersection of social, legislative, economic, and technological trends that impact how, when, and where people work. The Future of Work Program combines research, advocacy support, and social innovation projects to draw people into the discussion of how to create a more inclusive labor market. The resulting reports, pilot programs and policy recommendations benefit the entire disability community and provide valuable and actionable insights to SourceAmerica’s network nonprofits.
The Productivity Engineering Program provides affiliated nonprofits with assistance in the areas of 14(c) Transition, Lean concepts, ergonomics, process engineering, jig/device design, training, and software development. A key component of the program is the SourceAmerica Design Challenge, a national engineering competition for high school and college students that focuses on scalable, replicable innovations with the potential to increase the economic mobility of people with disabilities throughout the U.S.
Quality Work Environment
The Quality Work Environment (QWE) Program is a continuous improvement framework offered to AbilityOne producing members to help them identify, implement, and share practices that maximize employment potential for people with disabilities. QWE is different from other quality improvement vehicles in that members may bring their employees with disabilities into the decision-making process.
The Veterans Employment Program connects former service members with career opportunities aligned with their diverse skills and interests and acts as a conduit to veteran’s service organizations, military service organizations, and private and public sector employers. SourceAmerica’s goal is to increase the number of career opportunities available to veterans through its national nonprofit network.