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Adult Developmental Vocational Program

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Adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (I/DD) can enjoy lives filled with friends, family, hobbies and employment but may need help doing so. At Person Industries, the Adult Developmental Vocational Program (ADVP) assists people with developmental disabilities to explore their community for vocational opportunities, gain meaningful work experience, and build work skills and positive work habits that all employers appreciate.

People in the ADVP program work with PI staff to figure out what they want to do, what they are good at and what is important to them. Each person is unique, so while one person works on getting along with co-workers, someone else might work on opening a bank account or on recycling tasks. Everyone in the program gets the opportunity to do production or recycling work at PI/PCRC and GET PAID!

There are many community services that benefit people with Developmental Disabilities. The ADVP staff help program participants get involved in Special Olympics through Person County Parks and Recreation, in wellness through the NC Office of Disability Health, retirement opportunities through the Council on Aging, volunteer opportunities and many others.

When ADVP participants are interested in jobs outside of Person Industries, they are referred to our Supported Employment program.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years of age unless a student currently enrolled in high school
  • Diagnosis of I/DD but not so severely impaired as to need daytime skilled nursing care
  • Residency in Person County, although residents of other counties may be served when space allows
  • Legal resident of US