Jennifer Sulewski

Jennifer Sulewski, Ph.D, Senior Research Associate and Project Manager, has been involved as a researcher and evaluator on numerous ICI projects since 2001. Her primary research interest is community life engagement of people with IDD. She was PI of a NIDILRR-funded Field Initiated Project to study how to improve non-work day supports toward increased engagement of people with IDD in community life. Her current projects include working with the SELN and Access to Integrated Employment projects on how to address community life engagement in the Employment First context; conducting case studies on collaboration between vocational rehabilitation and higher education programs to support students with IDD and autism; providing evaluation and other support to the Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment, and evaluating the Future Quest Island project (a website and teacher toolkit designed to engage middle school students in thinking about college and careers). She received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2006.

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).

Service Provider Promising Practice: Fading Supports at SEEC

SEEC (Seeking Equality, Empowerment, and Community) is a Maryland-based provider of employment, community living, and community development supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Like many providers of individualized supports, SEEC has had to find creative ways to individualize supports even though its funding structures do not support 1:1 staffing. One way they do this is by deliberately building both human capital (community living skills) and social capital (relationships in the community).

Delphi Panel Findings #7: Paths Toward Fair Wages

This is the seventh and final brief in our series on the findings from a Delphi process conducted by the Employment Learning Community in 2013–2014. More information on the Employment Learning Community and the Delphi process can be found in Brief #1 (Introduction, Values, and Overall Themes). This brief focuses on the final priority area for policy and practice change: creating paths toward fairer wages for individuals with IDD.

Read the brief here...