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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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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.


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.


Families and Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Results from a Scoping Study

Download the article here. Purpose: Recent policy changes expanding community employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and awareness of the important role of family members as facilitators of these opportunities motivated this scoping review of the literature on family engagement with the IDD service system.

A Model of Employment Supports for Job Seekers with Intellectual Disabilities

Interviews with 16 employment consultants-triangulated with job seekers, family members, and supervisors-revealed a model of employment supports aligned with the elements described in the literature, although with an added emphasis on (a) building trust as a key element starting from day one; (b) a circular process converging on the job match; (c) and flexible intensity of supports.

Research to Practice: State Employment First Policies: State Definitions, Goals and Values

This brief is the first in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model. It examines the background of circumstances under which Employment First efforts began in seven states, and introduces each state’s values, mission, and goals around increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. States may use the lessons in this brief to develop an Employment First policy, or to evolve existing efforts.

Building an Evidence-Based, Holistic Approach to Advancing Integrated Employment

Since the introduction of supported employment in the Developmental Disabilities Act of 1984 and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1986, there has been continued development and refinement of best practices in employment services and supports. Progress includes creative outcomes for individuals with significant support needs including customized jobs and self-employment, community rehabilitation providers that have shifted emphasis to integrated employment, and states that have made a substantial investment in Employment First policy and strategy.