“Toad & Co has been a socially aware brand since it was created in 1997. We’re very proud that every piece of product shipped from the PAC warehouse creates job opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Planet Access Company is a Social Enterprise of Search, Inc.
Planet Access Company, a social enterprise of Search, Inc., ships hundreds of thousands of products every year. Along the way adults with disabilities ensure items are stored, packaged and shipped properly.
Search, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit that empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives. We provide a wide range of flexible, personalized services including supported living arrangements, adult learning and employment programs, as well as medical, behavioral, therapy and home-based services.
Our vision is of a world where all people live, learn, work and play alongside one another, bringing their unique abilities to the community. To achieve this, we promise exceptional services and truly memorable experiences that inspire and empower.
Expanding Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
In the state of Illinois, only 35% of people with disabilities are employed. For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, that number drops to just 9%. That is why Search, Inc. is committed to expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Over 40% of its permanent Planet Access Company workforce is comprised of individuals with disabilities.
Planet Access Company furthers the mission of Search by providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The company employs up to 70 individuals with disabilities annually in paid, train-to-work opportunities, including product assembly, order processing, and materials handling. Train-to-work employment allows individuals with disabilities to earn a wage while they gain valuable work experience.
Planet Access Company also offers a specialized transition program for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This intensive 12-week training program is offered in collaboration with local school districts at no cost to participants. After completing the program, individuals can take advantage of the job development and placement services that Search offers.
Opening Doors to Community Life
All of the profits from Planet Access Company are invested back into Search, Inc., which in turn helps to open doors to community life for our friends, family members and neighbors with disabilities. Planet Access Company supports awesome programs like Visibility Arts, No Boundaries, Ignite and Search for Adventure! Learn more about Search, Inc.