Access to Integrated Employment

Since 1988, Access to Integrated Employment has described trends in day and employment services and outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This research project explores the factors that contribute to employment outcomes at multiple levels: individual achievement, employment support practices, service provider engagement, and state policy reform.This project is funded by the Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living. Explore Access to Integrated Employment projects below.

Projects supported by Access to Integrated Employment

new sd logo is a compilation of federal, state, and self-collected data sets on employment of people with IDD. allows users to generate customized charts, conduct their own analyses, and download free publications that analyze critical issues and important findings in the area of disability and employment. Go to to learn more!

National Survey of State IDD Agencies' Day and Employment Services

This annual survey describes the nature of day and employment services for individuals with IDD. The data collected is summarized annually in the National Report (below) and available on Read summaries of previously collected data.

Blue Book 2017StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes Through 2017

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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State Agency Promising Practices

This promising practices database highlights innovative policies and strategies that state IDD agencies are using to increase integrated employment opportunities. Go here to learn more: State Agency Promising Practices

Service Provider Promising Practices

The national landscape is changing, with an increasing emphasis on community employment opportunities for individuals with IDD. This activity focuses on service providers engaged in practices that reflect individual integrated employment as a priority outcome. Go here to learn more: Service Provider Promising Practices

Think Work Stories

Think Work Stories shares stories of people with IDD who are thriving in competitive jobs in their communities. The stories highlight these individuals’ achievements, and also showcase how state agency staff have helped them get hired and maintain fulfilling careers. Go here to learn more: Think Work Stories

Summary of Statedata: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes Through 2018

This data note summarizes the findings from the National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes Through 2018. Overall, the findings suggest that across data sources, people with IDD experience greater levels of unemployment, underemployment, low wages, and poverty compared to those without disabilities.

Opportunity Over Adversity: How MRCI Transformed to Individualized, Community-based Supports During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Minnesota-based provider, MRCI, implemented a five-year plan in 2017 to transform itself from providing facility-based day and employment services to community-based supports. This brief covers how in March 2020 MRCI used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to modify and accelerate their transformation efforts.

Ohio’s Technology First Policy: Enabling Swift Delivery of Remote Supports During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Ohio’s Technology First policy ensured that people eligible for services through Department of Developmental Disabilities had increased opportunities to live, work, and thrive in their homes and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic through state-of-the-art planning, innovative technology and supports.

Nikolas: Understanding the Risks and New Routines of Being an Essential Worker During COVID-19