Community of Practice on Demonstration Projects: Collaboration and Systems Change

Beginning in FY 2012 and 2013, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) funded eight Partnerships in Employment (PIE) systems change projects under the Projects of National Significance program. PIE is a national transition systems change project whose purpose is to identify, develop, and promote policies and practices to improve transition, post-secondary, and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Six of these projects (in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin) started in fiscal year 2012, and two additional projects (in Alaska and Tennessee) were added for fiscal year 2013.

Each of these projects has been intricately involved with their state education, vocational rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities agencies, individuals with IDD, families, educators, and service providers to effect changes within and across state systems.This document is the product of a community of practice on PIE’s demonstration projects in which the six states required to use them-- California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin--participated.

In this document, key informants from each of these states describe:

  • ​the purpose and nature of each state’s demonstration projects
  • how each state’s demonstration projects played a role in building support for and scaling up systems change within the state
  • the lessons learned for other states engaging in efforts to change systems affecting the transition of youth and young adults with IDD to competitive integrated employment


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