ThinkWork: Advancing employment and opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

2016 Edition

Access the latest information about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both national and state-level statistics are included.

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Building an evidence-based holistic approach for advancing integrated employment

A presentation to the Administration for Community Living

September 2017

RRTC On Advancing Employment for Individuals and Inellectual/Developmental Disabilites

Despite a well-established literature documenting promising and effective practice, consistent implementation of supports and strategies that lead to high quality employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) remains a challenge...

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Existing research suggests the importance of a holistic approach that builds expectations, investments, and strategies around integrated employment-- defined as full or part-time work at the prevailing wage, and at least minimum wage, with wages and benefits similar to those without disabilities performing the same work, and fully integrated with co-workers without disabilities. This presentation shares preliminary findings from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.


Community Life Engagement Flyer

This one-page, accessible flyer provides a plain language overview of the definition of Community Life Engagement, and the four most important things to consider.


Multi-System Collaboration: Supporting Individuals from Pre-employment Through Employment and Community Engagement Across the Life Course

In concert with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) identified potential topical areas for policy white papers that influence employment outcomes and services for individuals served by state intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) agencies. This is the third white paper in a series of five.

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Bringing Employment First to Scale: From Sheltered Work to Competitive Integrated Employment

Community providers across the nation are embracing the transformation from facility-based employment supports to competitive integrated employment. While many providers believe in inclusion and Employment First for the individuals they support, some struggle to make their vision a reality. The process of organizational transformation can seem daunting without an understanding of the full range of tactics and approaches available.