The mission of Programs for Exceptional People is to promote independence, social interaction, and employment opportunities for adults who live with intellectual disabilities. 

Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) was organized in 1995 by six local families for the purpose of creating programs, social interaction, and ultimately employment, for their adult children who had intellectual disabilities. These young adults had completed their formal education, and were living at home unable to secure employment and/or engagement in the greater community. There were no services at the time for citizens of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island who were living with intellectual disabilities.

PEP was incorporated on December 11, 1995, and was initially funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. PEP is now licensed by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) as an Adult Activity Center. As a state licensed organization, PEP has the ability to contract with other providers and individuals in the community to provide services consistent with those standards. Accordingly, PEP has contracts with Beaufort and Jasper counties to deliver services to individuals who meet the appropriate diagnostic criteria.

We provide a supported environment where our members learn, work, grow, and play. Our members participate in daily learning activities, receive on the job training with experienced staff vocational instructors at local businesses, and our members provide services to the community through our contract work and four micro-businesses.

Working at Hilton Head Hospital
Working at Reilley's


“I like going to jobs. Reilley's is fun. I like folding and rolling silverware.”

— Mathieu