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Click here to flip through Nadia's completed comic book and experience her talent for yourself! Filled with enthusiasm, passion, and an upbeat attitude, Nadia is a talented young woman employU is proud to call a client. Growing up, creativity seemed to run through her veins. Even as a child, she practiced photography, and through her [...]
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As a sophomore in high school, Lauren was first referred to employU for a Vocational Evaluation, Pre-Placement Training class, Self-Advocacy class, and an on-the-job training (OJT). Within her first year with employU, Lauren was able to complete her Vocational Evaluation, Pre-Placement Training class, and four OJTs!   Over the past three years, she has successfully completed […]

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employU is proud to partner with ConnectableJax in an exciting initiative called Shopability Saturday.  The event takes place citywide in Jacksonville on Saturday, March 6th. Shopability Saturday celebrates inclusiveness by urging support for local businesses that employ people with Autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs).  These local businesses have learned that […]

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Selena is an employU client with a passion for animals and a strong desire to become a vet tech. She also had goals of being financially independent and being able to move out on her own while supporting herself.  Upon hearing Selena’s passion and goals, her Transition Coordinator Leita Strickland got to work.   Selena began […]

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employU peer mentor Elektra has some great advice for youth clients learning to navigate the challenges that come with transitioning into the adult world.  And, with a little creativity, she’s made it super easy to remember by using the word adore as an acronym.  Read more on the details of ADORE and check out Elekra’s […]

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Last year we covered the story of employU client, Shawanna.  Through the help of her Employment Specialist, Susan, Shawanna was able to follow her love for animals and gain experience working at Big Dog Ranch Rescue. She explains, “I love working at Big Dog Ranch. I love working with the dogs and have made a […]

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As we reflect on 2020, we can all agree it was a different and unpredictable time. Despite a global pandemic at our feet, employU was able to remain open in a safe manner for customers. We quickly adapted our method for delivering services by turning classes and coaching into virtual sessions, offering continuity to customers […]

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The new year often brings a desire for new beginnings with it.  For some, this includes the start of a new career.  Taking a leap into anything new can be intimidating but may ultimately end up being a very crucial step to a rewarding, sustainable financial future.  There are many reasons to start a new […]

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“Alone we can do little, together we can do much.” This well-known quote from Helen Keller has no doubt moved many. But as an advocate for people with disabilities and a member of the deaf-blind community herself, employU client Darlene finds this particular quote significant. Darlene explains, “[It] implies a need to be supportive and [...]
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