Ready 2 Work Employment Programs

Ready 2 Work Employment Programs

The DSAGSL has heard from parents and community agencies about the challenges people with Down syndrome face when looking for and retaining employment. Our goal is to develop an initiative that involves agency support, employer relations, community engagement, and parent and self-advocate education.

Pop Up Marketplace - A Snack Shop with a Mission

This mobile marketplace is run by individuals with Down syndrome from marketing decisions, to assembly, to direct sales.  Individuals receive job skills and communication skills training, as well as learn the ins-and-outs of running a small business.  This portable shop moves from business-to-business selling “snack-packs” and freshly roasted, great tasting coffee in 12 ounce bags.

If you are a self-advocate that is interested in being an employee of the Pop Up Marketplace, please download and fill out the application and send to Don Williams at:  don@dsagsl.org. Or mail your application to: DSAGSL, 1300 Strassner Dr. • Brentwood, MO. 63144.

If you are interested in hosting our Pop Up Marketplace at your business, please contact Don at 314-961-2504 or email him at: don@dsagsl.org.

DSAGSL Office Internship Program

What better way to get work experience than an internship! The DSAGSL offers 1-year internships to adults with Down syndrome through our formal internship program. Interns will be paired with a staff person to work on various projects and events that take place throughout the busy DSAGSL year. We will set goals and have regular evaluations to ensure our interns are getting the most out of the program. At the end of the year, we hope to have found our interns paid, meaningful work in the community. 

Due to Covid-19 safety protocols, this program has been temporarily suspended.

To apply, please complete this application and send to Don@dsagsl.org.  Or, mail to: 1300 Strassner Dr.  Brentwood, MO 63144.

Advocacy

There are easy ways for you as parents and support persons to advocate for our loved one’s with Down syndrome regarding employment:

1. Share the following facts about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities with a business you know.

2. Join our Corporate Advisory Board which meets quarterly by phone for networking and strategic brainstorming. Email Erin@dsagsl.org.

3. Invite your company or a business you frequent to attend our Employer Summits held throughout the year to meet our newest Employment Academy grads and learn about hiring.

4. Ask if your spouse’s office, neighbor’s office, or your own office building will host our Pop-Up Snack Shop.  E-mail Don@dsagsl.org for more information.

5. Share your son/daughter’s success story with us! The more we can help our members shine, the more businesses will believe that this mission is possible.

More Resources on Employment

Hiring People with Disabilities – It Just Makes Good Business Sense!

  1. It is a return on investment: By hiring people with disabilities, a business can access new markets, improve productivity through innovation, reduce hiring and training costs, and increase retention.

  2. New and exciting marketing opportunities: Customers with disabilities and their families, friends, and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment. A large number of Americans also say they prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities.

  3. Think innovation: Employees with disabilities bring unique experiences and understanding that transform a workplace and enhance products and services. People with disabilities can help create more efficient and effective business processes, use technology in new ways to increase productivity, and stimulate new product and services development.