Allison Cohen Hall

Allison Cohen Hall, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion. She is the Co-PI and Project Director for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. The RRTC integrates four focus areas: individual and family knowledge and engagement; effective employment supports, organizational change for community rehabilitation providers, and state-level policy and strategy. She was previously the Research Coordinator for the Access to Integrated Employment Project, which provides a description of day and employment services nationally for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She has coordinated research projects spanning multiple topical areas, including: the accessibility of the workforce development system; state level strategies for employment systems change; and universally designed business strategies for supporting workers. She has co-authored numerous peer reviewed journals and a book chapter on employment for individuals with IDD. Additionally, Allison actively supports individuals with disabilities to participate in meaningful roles in the research process and in product development. She received her doctorate in 2005 from the Heller School at Brandeis University, with a specialization in disability policy.
 

Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: A Case Study of Maryland's High-Performing Employment System

This brief presents findings from RRTC strand 4.3, which is an ongoing multiple case study of higher-performing states. The purpose of the study is to learn about why higher-performing states have been successful, and to further test and refine the High Performing States Framework. Maryland is the first case study to emerge from the project. The brief provides a summary of how the Department of Education, the Department of Rehabilitative Services (MD's VR agency), and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (MD's IDD agency) reflect the elements of the High Performing States model.

44 Series - What does choice really mean when we talk about employment?

Watch the recorded video here. The 44 series is an ongoing series of webinars (each about 44 minutes long, hence the name!) that address various topics related to integrated employment for individuals with IDD. In this edition to the series, originally presented on 11/27/18, speaker Liz Weintraub discussed issue of choice and self-direction in the job search process. She focused on challenges, risk, and empowerment for job seekers with disabilities. 

Different states, common issues: Moving mountains one service at a time

Download article here. In an ever-evolving landscape, states are working to achieve new levels of integrated employment outcomes. While state have been building supports for more than five decades to meet the needs of their constituents, a different playing field has emerged in recent years. This is a result of new regulations, requests from advocates and families, shifting expectations and fluctuating state budgets.

Different states, common issues: Moving mountains one service at a time

Download article here. In an ever-evolving landscape, states are working to achieve new levels of integrated employment outcomes. While state have been building supports for more than five decades to meet the needs of their constituents, a different playing field has emerged in recent years. This is a result of new regulations, requests from advocates and families, shifting expectations and fluctuating state budgets.

Data Systems and Decision-Making: State ID/DD Agencies and Their Employment Data Collection Systems

The growing emphasis on government accountability at the state and federal levels has increased interest in the collection and use of outcome data. Moreover, research has found that high performing states in integrated employment generally have a clear and visible data collection system that includes individual outcome data (Hall, Butterworth, Winsor, Gilmore, & Metzel, 2007). But what are the most important elements in designing and using a system?