Real Work Stories

Welcome! This site highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. Through the use of innovative, front-line employment support practices, these individuals are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities. Learn more about these people and the promising practices that led to their success. Here is a definition of Intellectual Disability. Here is a definition of Developmental Disability. Visit this page on the Institute for Community Inclusion website for stories about promising practices by state agencies. Scroll down this page for current featured stories, or use the menu at left to browse all stories by category.

Jeremy: How Early Work Experiences Supported Personal and Career Development

Briana: Using Vocational Rehabilitation and Self-Directed Funds for Job Development

Mia: Acquiring Skills to Lead and Motivate Others

Dusty: Tapping into personal resources to create her business

Andy: Family Initiative and Involvement

Chad: Finding the perfect job match