Jennifer Sulewski

Jennifer Sulewski, Ph.D., FAAIDD is a national expert on community life engagement (CLE) for people with IDD. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on CLE, has presented locally and nationally at conferences on CLE, and has provided consultation to state agencies and service providers across the country on how to improve day services and supports. From 2014–2017 she was PI of the Field Initiated CLE Project, a NIDILRR-funded effort to study how to improve day services and supports for CLE, which led to identification of Four Guideposts for Community Life Engagement and a toolkit for service providers. Currently she is PI of another Field Initiated project developing a Guideposts Fidelity Scale for service providers to assess their level of adherence to the Four Guideposts for CLE. Dr. Sulewski is a Fellow of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and past co-chair of the Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. She received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2006, with a dissertation titled In Search of Meaningful Daytimes: Community-Based Nonwork Supports for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Community Life Engagement Toolkit

Looking to increase community life engagement of the people you support? This toolkit was developed to help service providers develop and improve high quality supports for community life engagement (CLE). It contains guideposts for success, a self-assessment tool, real-world examples of service providers making CLE happen, and other helpful resources and tools. Click here for the toolkit: https://cletoolkit.thinkwork.org

Meeting the Holistic Vision of Employment and Community Life Engagement: State Administrator Perspectives on Achievements and Gaps

As states focus on expanding integrated employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and phase out sheltered work, they are finding a need to concurrently examine day services and supports that promote Community Life Engagement (CLE, see yellow box to the right for a detailed definition). These supports can be a wrap-around to ensure individuals’ engagement in the community is maintained and they continue to receive sufficient levels of support, despite fluctuations in job status and hours.

State Roles in Promoting Community Life Engagement: Themes from the State Employment Leadership Network's Working Group

The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a membership-based network of state IDD agencies committed to making changes in their service systems to ensure access to competitive integrated employment for people with IDD (www.selnhub.org/home).