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

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StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

2016 Edition

Access the latest information about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both national and state-level statistics are included.

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Download the report narrative, no tables (Accessible PDF)
Building an evidence-based holistic approach for advancing integrated employment

A presentation to the Administration for Community Living

September 2017

RRTC On Advancing Employment for Individuals and Inellectual/Developmental Disabilites

Despite a well-established literature documenting promising and effective practice, consistent implementation of supports and strategies that lead to high quality employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) remains a challenge...

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Existing research suggests the importance of a holistic approach that builds expectations, investments, and strategies around integrated employment-- defined as full or part-time work at the prevailing wage, and at least minimum wage, with wages and benefits similar to those without disabilities performing the same work, and fully integrated with co-workers without disabilities. This presentation shares preliminary findings from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.


Defining the Employment Research Agenda

State of the Science series of online discussions

The State of the Science, or SoS, was a chance for the ICI to share our research around employment. It was 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 topics and dates were:

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


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.