Job Support

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, like other employees, sometimes need support to thrive on the job. Below you'll learn more about best practices for job support. We cover a range of key topics such as transition from school to work and using natural supports in the workplace.

State Agency Promising Practice: Washington - Collaborating with a Community College and a Supported-Employment Agency to Facilitate the Transition From High School to Community Employment

Beginning in 2006, the Shoreline Public School District in King County, Washington partnered with Shoreline Community College to offer an off-campus transition program for young adults with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) residing in the Shoreline School District.

State Agency Promising Practice: Oklahoma - Contracting with Industry for the Provision of Job Coaching Supports

Contracts with Industry, implemented in the 1990s as the Natural Supports Initiative, is a program option that allows the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) to contract directly with businesses to provide job coaching supports that become a part of the natural workplace.

Service Provider Promising Practice: KFI in Maine - Making Mission-Driven Choices About Funding and Service Innovation

Katahdin Friends, Inc. (KFI), headquartered in the small rural community of Millinocket, Maine, has been a service provider in this community and surrounding regions for the last 54 years. After providing segregated services for its first 20 years, KFI became an early adopter of supported employment. 

Awesome Apps and Adaptations – Achieving Vocational Success for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Submitted by Melanie.Jordan on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 10:35

The iPad and the iPhone are profound tools for individuals who experience various disabilities. Recently, this tool has been used in creative ways to support vocational success among individuals who experience intellectual disabilities. This webinar will discuss apps for self-regulation, work task sequencing, work task prompting, executive function, as well as amazing adaptations and accessories to support the worker.

Making It Last: Workplace Supports for People with Autism

Submitted by Melanie.Jordan on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 10:27

Something amazing is happening with autism employment - in Belgium! Although focused on "high functioning autism", the Belgian approach has many lessons for employment services to people with "classic" autism. We will discuss their techniques for synthesizing assessment results into a whole-person perspective, and using that to plan workplace supports.