1. Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
100 East All Saints Drive, Suite 201, Frederick, MD, 21701
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Criteria: Serves individuals with significant physical, mental or cognitive disabilities.
Eligibility Process: For information or an appointment, call the nearest DORS office or 1.888.554.0334 or visit the local DORS office.
Types of Services: Vocational rehabilitation and disability determination services including: vocational guidance and counseling, career assessment, job training, support for college or technical training, job search and placement, supported employment and rehabilitative technology. Independent living skills programs are also available.
Note that some Workforce & Technology Center Training Programs are located in Baltimore including the Employee Development Services (8-week) and Managing Successful Transitions (4-week summer) Programs.
2. The Arc of Frederick County
620 A Research Drive, Frederick, MD 21703
Contact Person: Aaron Stephens, 301.663.0909 x126
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and individual appointments
Eligibility Criteria: Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Eligibility Process: Call Aaron Stephens directly.
Types of Services: Support services to assist students with enrolling in courses at FCC. Information and referral, youth transitioning program (housing, benefits, employment), independent living skills and job assistance for adults. Self- advocacy group for adults. Volunteer opportunities for FCC students who are looking to gain experience serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Adult Basic Education class at FCC – Contact Corby Fowler at 301.663.0909 x117.
3. Goodwill Industries
400 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Contact Person: Cindy Holden x210
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee Structure: Most programs are free. Some are supported through the Division of Rehabilitation Services for their clients.
Eligibility Criteria: Individuals 16 years and older.
Eligibility Process: Intake appointment at number above.
Types of Services: Supported employment and vocational services, job search and retention assistance, computer training in Microsoft Office products, and Job Readiness Program meets MWF 1pm-4pm pm (continuous enrollment every Monday).
Workforce Services and Job Readiness Programs – ongoing
4. Way Station, Inc.
230 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Contact Person: Press 3 for Manager of Adult Services Enrollment - Peggy Remsch at ext. 1721
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee Structure: Varies, may be through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or Service Coordination, Inc.
Eligibility Criteria: Persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities including autism, and homeless veterans.
Eligibility Process: Contact enrollment counselor Peggy Remsch.
Types of Services: Pathways Day Program (behavior management, recreation, social skills and employment support) through DDA funding, community employment program for persons with a mental health diagnosis, supported housing for severely mentally ill persons, homeless veterans programs, and crisis intervention services through the 2-1-1 mental health hotline. Case management healthy transitions initiative for ages 16-26.
5. Frederick County Workforce Services
5340-A Spectrum Drive, Frederick, MD 21703
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fridays.
Fee Structure: Free service to Frederick County residents.
Eligibility Criteria: Primarily adults though some programs may be for specific populations, e.g., Summer Jobs Program for youth ages 14-24.
Eligibility Process: Call for an appointment.
Types of Services: Basic computer classes, employment counselors, career exploration assessments, and job training may be provided.
6. Service Coordination, Inc.,
5303 Spectrum Drive, Suite I, Frederick, MD 21703
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fee Structure: Free to eligible individuals.
Eligibility Criteria: Individuals with a developmental disability (severe chronic disability caused by a physical or mental condition other than a mental illness).
Eligibility Process: Complete online application at dda.dhmh.maryland.gov and click Apply for Service or call 1.888.791.0193 for more information.
Types of Services: Residential placements, medical day programs, supportive employment, job coaches and other support services.
7. Unified Community Connections Agency
5736 Industry Lane, Frederick, MD 21704
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee Structure: Funded through Developmental Disabilities Assistance (DDA) in collaboration with DORS.
Eligibility Criteria: Adults with developmental disabilities (disability prior to age 21).
Eligibility Process: Must apply for and be determined eligible for service by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
Types of Services: Adult day habilitation for pre-vocational skills, assistive technology evaluations, medical adult day care, transportation to their site for services, residential services and supports, supported employment, respite care. Tours of facility available.
8. The Scott Key Center
1050 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick, MD 21702
Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee Structure: Through government funding.
Eligibility Criteria: Must be a Frederick County resident with a developmental disability age 21and over. Prospective participants would need to go through the Developmental Disabilities Administration for funding.
Eligibility Process: Start with a Developmental Disabilities Administration application found at dda.dhmh.maryland.gov
Types of Services: Competitive and supported employment at local businesses. In-house production and janitorial services with area government and private industry sites.
9. Adult Basic Education
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (orientations and classes are also held in the evening).
Fee Structure: Varies depending on program, most are free.
Eligibility Criteria: Maryland resident who is age 16 and over and officially withdrawn from school and either does not have a high school diploma or GED, or whose native language is other than English for ESL.
Eligibility Process: Call to reserve a place to attend an orientation for testing and placement.
Types of Services: GED classes, English as a Second Language and Family Literacy classes, External Degree program to earn a high school diploma, and Adult Basic Education classes. Orientations are held during day and evening hours at various community locations including the FCC main campus, FCC Monroe Center, and Frederick County Workforce Services - Business and Employment Center at 5340-A Spectrum Drive.