DISABLED WORLD: New Model to Support Workers with Disabilities
Thanks to a new employment model piloted by Aramark, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could have better odds at getting meaningful work and an independent life. UC's ATS is working to even the playing field for people with I/DD. ATS offers several programs that address their specialized needs and equips them with life skills, work skills, and ideally, more independent and fulfilled lives. Serving as many as 150 individuals with disabilities from age 14 through adulthood, ATS is one of the largest university-run programs of its kind in the country. At the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, ATS partnered with the Aramark-run UC Dining Services to create more than 50 internship and employment opportunities for high school and college students with disabilities.