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Admission Process

Admission Criteria

Goodwill Industries services are available regardless of race, color, sex, religion, creed or place of national origin. We will make reasonable accommodations to meet your needs for accessibility to the program.

Individuals eligible to participate in our programs should be sixteen years or older and have a disability or disadvantaging condition such as developmental disabilities (mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy); specific learning disabilities; physical disabilities; hearing and visual impairment; mental illness or psycho neurological disabilities. Individual's medical, physical, or mental condition should be stable and the individual should comply with all medical and psychological treatments. Program applicants with a record of violent, criminal activity or applicants that are abusing drugs or alcohol are not eligible.

Goodwill "graduates" have gone on to become administrative assistants, painters, busboys, camp counselors, drivers, carpenters, receptionists, cashiers, gardeners, chefs, bank tellers, cleaners, legal secretaries, mechanics, sales reps, and computer programmers.


General Admission Criteria

The following is the general admission criteria for services at Goodwill Industries.  Please note that in addition, each program has specific admission criteria that must also be met.

  • Be diagnosed with a physical, mental, and/or emotional disability
  • Be sixteen years old, and provide proof of age at time of intake.
  • Have own means of transportation to and from the program.
  • Ability to independently care for their personal needs (i.e. toileting, dressing, and feeding) or met through accommodation.
  • Be ambulatory or mobile non-ambulatory.
  • Be drug free. Pass toxicology report. Have substance abuse in remission.
  • Have functional communication skills.
  • Have conduct not aggressive to self or others.
  • Have no history of violent behavior.
  • Have no record of violent and/or criminal activity
  • Have no acute medical or psychological conditions that could constitute a danger to self or others, or preclude the person from full participation in the program.
  • Have no active tuberculosis or contagious disease.
  • Comply with prescribed medical treatment and be able to self-medicate. Staff is not responsible for administering medication.
  • Show a reasonable expectation that they will benefit from services, be willing to participate, and accept the program goals, operating practices and rules as stated in the participants’ handbook.


A criminal background check is required of all participants except for Vocational Evaluation. Goodwill Industries will request the criminal background check and assume the cost for all participants. The following offenses are considered violent and/or criminal activity (as per the Agency for persons with Disabilities) and may exclude a person from participation:

  • Sexual crimes (i.e. rape, exposure, molestation, etc.)
  • Armed robbery
  • Any form of abuse or assault
  • Any violent crime
  • Trafficking / selling drugs

For  more information, please contact us online or call (305) 548-4364.