Arc Broward's training program qualifies adults with disabilities to work in light manufacturing and retail.
Southeast Florida Roundup
Good Call: Broward Non-Profit Trains People with Disabilities
Non-profit Arc Broward, a service provider to 1,200 children and adults with disabilities, uses a marketdriven approach to help those with disabilities become employable. Its Arc Tech, a “social enterprise,” offers electronics recycling and secure disposal of IT products such as servers, laptops, monitors, switches and desktops.
People with autism and other disabilities take a 12-week materialhandling program to learn technical skills; they also take employability training. The program qualifies them to work in light manufacturing, refurbishing, retail, e-commerce and recycling.
As of late 2017, 75 adults had completed the program, and about 55% got jobs in light industrial, ware- house/distribution or retail. Arc Broward says it needs more employers willing to hire. Arc Tech collects about 1 million pounds of electronics a year, almost all from corporate customers. It has recovered 20 million pounds since it began in 2001, while refurbishing more than 7,500 pieces of hardware.
“I like that both the individual and the company benefit from the process,” says Michael Weinstock, vice president of operations at JEG & Sons, a Miami phone wholesaler. Watching workers hired from Arc develop “and become part of the team at JEG & Sons is very gratifying.”
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