Services and Programs
IOI provides actual work for people with disabilities to learn pre-vocational and work skills. Referrals for services are through North Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (NCDVR), Smoky Mountain MCO, local school systems, private pay or insurance companies.
*Admissions criteria includes being at least 16 or 18 years old, a resident of Cherokee, Clay or Graham counties, vocationally disabled by physical, emotional or mental limitations and able to benefit from the programs.
Program hours are 8:30 to 3:30, Monday - Friday with the exception of job coaching services would be determined by the community employer.
IOI offers the following programs to enhance a person’s ability to become competitively employed or to develop independent living skills:
Adult Developmental Vocational Program (ADVP)
This is a program for people who are 18 years old with developmental disabilities who need long-term support in work skills, socialization skills, independent living skills, etc. Individuals in this program can move into one of IOI's vocational programs if they wish to become employed in the community. IOI is licensed by NC Division of Health Service Regulation to provide ADVP services. The cost of this program is covered by state or private funding.
This is a program for a short assessment of an individual's vocational skills. After completing this program, an individual can be referred to any of the other programs, as appropriate to their needs. The cost of this program is covered through North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NCDVR).
This program is based on a work-training environment where individuals can work to overcome their barriers to employment. Individuals completing this program may be referred for job placement and job coaching services to find an appropriate job. The cost of this program is covered through NCDVR.
Work Adjustment Job Coach Services
This program helps an individual prepare for looking for job placement, provides community job development and job training for up to 21 days. Follow-up is provided for 90 days after the coaching is completed. The cost of this program is covered through NCDVR.
This is a program that extends employment services beyond our regular programs directed at obtaining community competitive employment. Space in this program is very limited. The cost is covered by IOI.
This program can provide intense vocational assessment, job development, job placement and coaching services beyond what our Work Adjustment Job Coaching program is able to provide. The cost of this program is covered by NCDVR.
Supported Employment Long Term Follow Along Support (LTFS)
LTFS is designed to provide necessary job and other work-related supports that are necessary to provide each individual with employment stability and career advancement. Supports are provided to the individual, employer and others that are involved with the individual to enable them to maintain their independence in community employment. Follow-up is provided two times each month with the individual and the employer for as long as the individual desires this service. The cost is covered under a state funding.
This program is for students 16 years old and older. The goal is to help them learn how to work in a real work setting and provide socialization opportunities outside of the school setting. The students learn work skills while at IOI that count as credit toward their diploma/certificate. Entrance into this program is through the school systems and their Special Education/Exceptional Children teachers. The cost of this program is covered by each of the county's Board of Education or County Commissioners.
Innovations Waiver Program
This program provides opportunities to improve self-help, socialization, and prevocational skills in a setting outside of their home. IOI is licensed under the NC Division of Medical Assistance to provide Day Supports - individual and group. The cost of this program is covered by Medicaid.
This program provides intensive, individualized, specific services to meet the client's specific workman's comp needs. The cost of this program is reimbursed by the insurance company.