ThinkWork: Advancing employment and opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Defining the Employment Research Agenda

This fall, we're sharing research about how to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. And we want you to join the discussion. Join us for our kick-off webinar on Tuesday, August 29, at 3PM Eastern. You can register here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: State of the Science series of online discussions

Register here. 

The State of the Science, or SoS, is a chance for the ICI to share our research around employment. It’s also an opportunity for us to learn about the strategies service providers, family members, and self-advocates are using to support people with intellectual and development disabilities to build fulfilling careers.

The Engaging Families in Employment four-day open online discussion is the first of three we’ll be running. The topics and dates are:

Community Life Engagement Flyer

This one-page, accessible flyer provides a plain language overview of the definition of Community Life Engagement, and the four most important things to consider.

Research Study

Are you a parent of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disabilities between the ages of 14-24? Are you interested in how Facebook Messenger might be used as a tool to coach families on planning for employment?  Please check out this information on our ongoing study on family involvement in employment.

State of the Science updates

  1. Engaging Families Accessible Version 
  2. Organizational capacity (focusing on community employment providers) 
  3. Policies of states that are good at helping people with IDD find jobs 

Recent listening sessions

Check out the power point slides from our listening sessions at recent conference sessions

New Products

Bringing Employment First to Scale: From Sheltered Work to Competitive Integrated Employment

Community providers across the nation are embracing the transformation from facility-based employment supports to competitive integrated employment. While many providers believe in inclusion and Employment First for the individuals they support, some struggle to make their vision a reality. The process of organizational transformation can seem daunting without an understanding of the full range of tactics and approaches available.