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.
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.
Watch the recorded webinar here. In the fall of 2017, researchers from the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) will lead a series of online discussions on the "State of the Science" (SoS) in employment for people with IDD. We'll be looking at ways to engage people with disabilities, their families, and their services providers to think differently about employment and the future of employment research.
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.
Watch the archive here. A conversation with Kristen Helling, the Assistant Deputy Director for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Kristen's primary focus is providing leadership for OOD’s partnerships with other state and local agencies, including the Employment First Partnership with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio