This project is home to research, training, and outreach activities that promote employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
We are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The RRTC is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Activities supported by the RRTC include:
(1) Choosing Work: Effective Knowledge Translation And Support For Individuals And Families
The goal of this line of research is to create a comprehensive information, outreach, and support framework for individuals and families that enables ready and timely access to information about employment throughout the lifespan. Research activities include a scoping literature review, online and in-person focus groups with individuals with IDD and their family members, and the development and testing of an intervention that promotes individual and family engagement in employment planning.
Contact: John Kramer John.email@example.com
(2) Increasing The Effectiveness Of Employment Consultants
This work will define a model for employment support that incorporates research, practice, job seeker support needs, organizational culture, and personal resources. Project partners and staff will implement an intervention to improve the quality of services provided by employment consultants through online training, data-based performance feedback, and facilitated peer-to-peer support.
Contact: Alberto Migliore Alberto.firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) Building Capacity And Supporting Organizational Transformation For Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPS)
Project staff will develop a model framework and toolkit to support community rehabilitation providers in implementing an Employment First focus. The demonstration of an efficient, scalable strategy that enables CRPs to create change within their own organizations is a key feature of this research.
Contact: Jaimie Timmons Jaimie.email@example.com
(4) Policies And Practices Of High-Performing State Employment Systems
This research strand will define the characteristics of a high-performing state system that promote cross-agency and resource integration; identify effective state practices and policies that lead to employment outcomes; and describe Employment First policy implementation and outcomes at both the national and state level.
Contact: Allison Hall Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org
John Butterworth, Principal Investigator; email@example.com
Allison Hall, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director; Lead, Policy Strand firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Thomas, Training and Technical Assistance Director; email@example.com
John Kramer, Lead, Individuals and Families Strand; firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberto Migliore, Lead, Employment Consultant Strand; email@example.com
Jaimie Timmons, Lead, Community Rehabilitation Provider Strand; Jaimie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing Employment First to Scale: Knowledge Translation for Individuals and Families
Bringing Employment First to Scale: Who are Employment Consultants? Characteristics of the workforce that connects jobseekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to employment