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 for stories about promising practices by state agencies and this page for provider promising practices. Scroll down this page for current featured stories, or use the menu at left to browse all stories by category.

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Josh: Using an AmeriCorps Experience to Begin a New Career

Frankie: Funding the employer to provide on-the-job supports

Nicole: Taking steps from part-time classroom assistant toward full-time childcare professional

Miranda: Creating a Job in an Inclusive Childcare Setting

Reid: Creating a job with innovative and low-tech supports

Ashley: Career development with the help of a mentor

Eric: From Volunteer to Full-Time Advocacy and Outreach

Allison: Tailoring on-the-job supports to the individual and the workplace