How TTC Works

Program Overview and Responsibilities

Teaching Together Chicago is a collaboration between Chicago Catholic Schools, local social service agencies, and adults with disabilities. The program objective is to expand employment and internship opportunities for adults with disabilities in Chicago-area Catholic Schools.

The social service agencies work collaboratively with Catholic Schools and individuals with disabilities to ensure a successful internship placements. Ongoing support to the school and the intern is provided by the social service agency through job training, placement, and follow up.

With the assistance of a social service agency, Catholic Schools hire an adult with disabilities for a paid internship, with the option to employ the intern for two additional ten-week internships, and eventually full-time employment.

Catholic Schools

  • Organize or coordinate teams for disability awareness training.
  • Provide a list of what departments may have a good fit for an internship.
  • Provide needed documentation to be completed for their orientation process.
  • Implement strategies with vocational specialist to create a successful environment for the intern.
  • Intern completes HR orientation.
  • Supervision and natural supports.
  • The school will meet with the Social Service Agency to discuss intern progress.

Social Service Agencies

  • Provide disability awareness training to the employer.
  • Provide task analysis of different departments within the school to find the best fit for the intern.
  • Provide direct support through orientation period, including successful completion of onboarding requirements.
  • Provide on the job training throughout internship and employment with a vocational specialist.
  • Provide support through orientation process.
  • Implement individualized job accommodations.
  • Distribute marketing and promotional materials for recruitment.

Let's Teach Together!

Teaching Together has successfully (and proudly) helped young adults gain skills they are now using as paid employees. We’d love to talk to you about how we can work together to improve the lives of those living with daily challenges!


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