In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in October 2012. These states proposed activities to spur improved employment and post-secondary outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Institute for Community Inclusion and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services are providing training and technical assistance (TA) to the eight state projects through the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Training and TA Center.
Partnerships project work is framed by the High Performing States Transition
Model which contains 8 key elements: collaboration, leadership, state goals and policy, funding and contracting, staff training, service
innovation, performance management and quality assurance, and youth leadership development and family engagement
. This document is one in a series of PIE Project Fact Sheets that have been developed to chronicle how PIE grantee states are making change under the elements of the High Performing States Transition model.
This brief explores efforts to facilitate youth leadership and family engagement in Missouri and Mississippi.