About Real People, Real Jobs

The Real People, Real Jobs website offers success stories about individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) getting and keeping jobs in their communities.  The purpose of these stories is to share where people work and how they got there. They are meant to be read by individuals with IDD, their families, as well as front-line employment support professionals. 

Through this web site we hope to increase awareness of the full range of employment opportunities and support options available. We also want to provide individuals and their support networks with examples that will enable them to think creatively about employment.

Real People, Real Jobs is supported by Access to Integrated Employment, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  

About the Access to Integrated Employment project:

Information on employment trends, state policy and strategy, and employment supports

The goal of the Access to Integrated Employment project is to provide a clear account of employment and related day supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and to identify individual, program, and policy factors that influence individual outcomes on a state and national level. Visit us at: 

About the Institute for Community Inclusion

The Real People, Real Jobs website is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts. The mission of ICI is to promote inclusion for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community life including school, community and employment. For more about ICI, please see

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Bose
Research Data Coordinator
(617) 287-4353

We are always looking for new stories to share!

If you are a person with IDD, or know of a person with IDD, who has successfully found a job working in the community and you would like to share your story, please contact:

Jennifer Bose at (617) 287-4353

Tell us about new and creative job searching, career planning or employment supports offered.
Help to spread the word about success and spark the imagination of others!