Jennifer Bose

Jennifer Bose is a researcher on the State Systems team at the Institute for Community Inclusion. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College in 1992 and an M.A. in education and developmental psychology from Boston College in 1997. Her primary interest has consistently been the study of promising practices at the state, organizational, employment specialist, and individual level that lead to the competitive employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Early work includes co-authored publications on effective strategies to find employment, the accessibility of OneStop career centers, characteristics of effective employment service delivery from state agencies and community rehabilitation providers and the uses of consumer-directed funding for employment. Notable projects include a study of employment choices made by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, resulting in the 2011 article she co-authored: “Choosing employment: Factors that impact employment decisions for individuals with intellectual disability” (Intellectual and developmental disabilities, 49, 285–299); and a three-year follow-along study of people managing their diabetes in the workplace, described in her article: "Promoting successful diabetes management in the workplace" (International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 2013, Vol. 6 Issue: 3, pp.205-226. She has also authored and co-authored articles on promising practices in employment at the state, agency and individual level.   She currently works with a team analyzing states’ efforts to implement Employment First legislation. Other current research focuses on successful engagement between individuals with disabilities and their families and the education and employment service systems, and strategies used by employment specialists supporting job seekers with disabilities.

Email: Jennifer.bose@umb.edu

Phone: 617-287-4353

State Employment First Policies #3: Investing in Training and Technical Assistance to Build Capacity in Integrated Employment

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This brief is the third 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. As states undergo implementation of their policies, it is important to understand how state agencies have built employment knowledge and capacity.

State Employment First Policies #2: Engaging Stakeholders in Development and Implementation

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This brief is the second 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 looks at the interagency collaboration and partnership element in depth. Interagency partnership and collaboration includes interagency agreements and relationships, provider collaboration, and outreach to stakeholders to ensure that integrated employment is a shared goal.

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.

State Employment First Policies #1: State Definitions, Goals and Values

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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.

Beyond Training: Engaging Families in the Transition to Employment

Read the brief here. We conducted an extended search of trainings provided by state agencies and service providers that are targeted towards families. Trainings in the form of written material (handbooks, brochures and computer-based courses) or given in person by service professionals, peers and others have been found to raise expectations that family members with IDD can become employed in their communities.