Employment

General Employment Information

 

Program sites: Memphis; Jackson; Clarksville; Murfreesboro; Chattanooga; Knoxville; Maryville; Pigeon Forge; Gallatin, TN - Project SEARCH is a nationally recognized program working to secure competitive employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Nashville, TN - Tennessee Works is an advocacy agency that works to ensure every young person with a disability can find a good job, with good pay, that brings real satisfaction, and makes a real difference in their lives. They offer employment supports and resources for individuals with disabilities. 

Nashville, TN - The Arc of TN is a disability advocacy agency that offers a variety of resources and information including info on employment. 

Locations: Alamo; Alcoa; Athens; Bolivar; Chattanooga; Camden; Clarksville; Cleveland; Columbia; Cookeville; Covington; Crossville; Dayton; Dickson; Dover; Dresden; Dyersburg; Elizabethton; Erin; Fayetteville; Gainesboro; Greeneville; Huntingdon; Jacksboro; Jackson; Jamestown; Kingsport; Knoxville; Lawrenceburg; Lebanon; Lenoir City; Lewisburg; Lexington; McMinnville; Memphis; Morristown; Mountain City; Oak Ridge; Oneida; Paris; Parsons; Ripley; Sevierville; Shelbyville; Sparta; Tullahoma; Union City; Waverly, TN - American Job Centers of Tennessee, serving all 95 counties, are one-stop career centers that help individuals obtain employment training and job placement by offering the following services: job search & readiness training, resume development, computer services, vocational assessments, and specialized assistance for older adults as well as people with disabilities.

Statewide - Employment and Community First CHOICES is a government run program by TennCare that offers assistance to individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible with employment. 

Statewide - Employment 4 Everyone, LLC is an organization dedicated to improving employment outcomes for people in Tennessee with disabilities. 

Statewide - America Works is an employment agency that helps individuals of all abilities find job opportunities and helps prepare them for success. 

Local Organizations

 

These resources include local organizations in Tennessee that provide employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 

Kingsport, TN - Frontier Health facilitates the Frontier Health Thrift Store that supports people with various disabilities. They offer employment opportunities where individuals can gain retail experience in the form of sorting, sizing, pricing, and stocking merchandise as well as gain experience operating cash registers and providing customer service.

Locations: Cookeville; Gallatin; Dickson; Fayetteville; Lexington; Smyrna; Spring Hill; Murfreesboro; Union City; Lewisburg; Shelbyville; Springfield; Lawrenceburg; Brentwood; Hendersonville; Mt. Juliet; Clarksville; Jackson; Columbia; Franklin; Berry Hill; Thompson's Station; Lebanon; Nashville, TN - Goodwill Industries is a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities access employment opportunities by offering job training, resume development, computer services, vocational assessments, and in-house employment. 

Vocational Rehabilitation 

 

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program provides a variety of employment preparation services to individuals with disabilities. 

Locations: Chattanooga; Cookeville; Greeneville; Jackson; Knoxville; Maryville; Memphis; Nashville, TN - D&S Community Services offers a variety of services including housing, therapy, respite, and supported employment. Employment services include: Trial Work Experiences, Vocational Assessments (Work Readiness Assessment, Job Shadowing Assessment, Job Sampling Assessment, and Integrated Work Site Assessment), Job Readiness/Job Placement Services; Job Coaching Services; Supported Employment Services

Johnson City, TN - Dawn of Hope provides respite, employment, supported living, and health services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Their employment services include: Trial Work Experience, Vocational Adjustment Services, Job Readiness/Job Placement, Job Coaching,Supported Employment.

Locations: Tullahoma; Shelbyville; Fayetteville, TN - ​Skills Development Services is a non-profit agency that serves individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. They offer residential, supported living, personal assistance, and employment services which include: Transportation, Assessments, Job Coaching, Job Placement. 

Statewide - Employment and Community First CHOICES is a government run program by TennCare that offers assistance to individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible with employment. 

Hermitage, TN - Good Effort TN provides respite care, supported employment (job coaching), and personal assistance services for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. 

 

Locations: Cookeville; Livingston; McMinnville; Lafayette; Sparta, TN - Pace Setters, Inc. offers supported employment, family support, art programs, and residential services to people with disabilities and their families. Their employment supports include: Trial Work Experiences; Work Readiness Assessment, Job Sampling, Job Shadowing, Integrated Work Site Assessment; Vocational Adjustment; Job Readiness/Job  Placement; Job Coaching; Supported Employment; Customized Employment.