Progressive Abilities Support Services (PASS) is a not-for-profit agency that was founded in November 2011 in Daytona Beach, FL and currently has four offices in Florida and Georgia. We have a community-based office here in St Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Area. We work with individuals with disabilities who have registered with their state's Vocational Rehabilitation program and are looking for a little bit of extra help obtaining employment. We provide a one-on-one individualized supported employment program that includes pre-employment training, career consultation, placement assistance, on-the-job training and follow-along support, among other services. “We believe that all individuals have the basic right to independence and that by connecting individuals with jobs where they will thrive, long term stability and independence will follow,” said Jim Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Progressive Abilities Support Services.
One of our areas of expertise is working with younger “transition” students who are often seeking their first job after high school. As part of this focus, PASS is working with local Vocational Rehabilitation offices to implement new training curriculums, training sites, and employment opportunities for this population, to aid in the transition process.
In addition to working with individuals, we work with employers in the communities we serve to educate them about the benefits of hiring someone with disabilities, including reduced hiring and training costs, higher retention rates, higher attendance marks, increased scheduling flexibility, and valuable tax credits, just to name a few.
Member Since: 2017