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.
Enacting changes to state policies is a slow and complex process. But this kind of systems change can be transformative when it creates opportunities for people with disabilities to engage with and contribute to their communities. Learn more about state policy and systems change in these resources.
Analysis to describe the relationship between state employment system characteristics and employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
To better understand higher-performing state employment systems.
The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a membership-based network of state IDD agencies committed to making changes in their service systems to ensure access to competitive integrated employment for people with IDD (www.selnhub.org/home).
This brief is the first in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model. It examines the background of circumstances under which Employment First efforts began in seven states, and introduces each state’s values, mission, and goals around increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Margaret Van Gelder is the director of employment and family support at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, or DDS. In this conversation, Margaret talks about the Massachusetts Blueprint for Success, and what competitive employment has meant for job seekers and employers.
Watch the archive here. North Dakota takes a look a look back at its actions over the past 4.5 years, stressing its commitment to capacity building.
July 18, 2017
Watch the archive here. Building Capacity Between and Within State Agencies and the Provider Community Duane Shumate, M.Ed.-Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. Duane talked about the way Missouri's agencies are learning from one another about federal policy changes and their impact upon state services.