Partnerships in Employment

The Partnerships in Employment project was completed in 2016, and remains a useful archive of national transition systems change efforts. The project's purpose was to identify, develop, and promote policies and practices to improve transition, post-secondary, and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Eight states -- Alaska, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin -- were involved in this initiative. They worked closely with state education, vocational rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities agencies; individuals with IDD; families; educators; and service providers to effect change within and across state systems.

The Institute for Community Inclusion and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services partnered to run the Technical Assistance Center for the Project.

Browse the PIE project's archived publications and resources.

Partnerships in Employment

 

Ohio: Employment Systems Change

Watch the archive here. A conversation with Kristen Helling, the Assistant Deputy Director for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Kristen's primary focus is providing leadership for OOD’s partnerships with other state and local agencies, including the Employment First Partnership with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio Transition Support Partnership with the Ohio Department of Education.

Community of Practice on Demonstration Projects: Collaboration and Systems Change

Beginning in FY 2012 and 2013, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) funded eight Partnerships in Employment (PIE) systems change projects under the Projects of National Significance program. PIE is a national transition systems change project whose purpose is to identify, develop, and promote policies and practices to improve transition, post-secondary, and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Partnerships in Employment: Guidance on How to Obtain Data on the Use of Subminimum Wages

PIE project work is framed by the High-Performing States Transition Model, which contains 8 key elements: collaboration, leadership, state goals and policy, funding and contracting, staff training, service innovation, performance management and quality assurance, and youth leadership development and family engagement. This document is one in a series of PIE Project Fact Sheets that chronicle how PIE grantee states are making change under the elements of the High-Performing States Transition Model.