The Institute for Community Inclusion and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services are providing training and technical assistance (TA) to eight state projects in Alaska, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The purpose of these projects is to change state systems to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Over the next four years, the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) TA Center will provide comprehensive support to help these states achieve their policy and practice objectives. This support will include intensive on-site coaching, peer networking, and resource sharing. The TA strategies are drawn from research conducted over many years by the Institute for Community Inclusion. They contribute success to seven key indicators:
This website will be frequently updated with resources and publications and stories that illustrate the changes being experienced by the eight PIE projects. Come back and visit us often.
Statewide mandated transition partners’ mission, goals, and operating policies emphasize employment and postsecondary education as the preferred outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Local and state-level administrators within state agencies and stakeholder organizations are champions for employment.
Funding mechanisms and contracts with providers emphasize employment for transition-age youth and young adults as the preferred outcome.
There is a sustained and significant investment in training and technical assistance to support statewide goals regarding the transition from school to employment.
There is a shared statewide interagency responsibility and authority for coordinating transition services. Includes examples of memoranda of understanding drafted from various states
State agencies work to create opportunities for providers, youth and young adults, and families to make optimal use of the resources available for transition to employment.
Statewide interagency data-collection systems are used as a strategic planning tool to further the goal of increasing employment for transition-age youth and young adults.