EPIC, formerly known as Southern Maryland Vocational Industries is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1985 to support children with disabilities mainstream from special education into adulthood. EPIC was founded in response to the realization of a group of parents that their children with disabilities would have no services or supports after graduation from special education classes. These parents banded together to devise a program that would enable their children and others to become gainfully employed adults.
Over the years, EPIC evolved from primarily helping people with intellectual challenges get jobs to providing an array of support services. For thirty years we have helped people become involved in their communities by pairing them with employers for jobs they enjoy working. Soon after, in 1989 we expanded our services to accommodate the needs of people’s housing limitations and opened our first community home. We now, provide services directly in the homes of families where reliable, trained professionals teach people various skills and attend community activities. Although we primarily provide services in Prince George’s county we also provide limited service in Montgomery and Charles counties.