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Facilitating Employment Opportunities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disability Through Parents and Social Networks

This is a qualitative study, based in Ontario, Canada, of the employment experiences of individuals with IDD. The study demonstrates the importance of parents, other family members and informal networks in finding and sustaining employment. It also explores the implications

Posted in Family Involvement, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

An Exploratory Investigation into Family Perspectives After the Family Employment Awareness Training

This article reports on a mixed methods evaluation of the Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) program.  It examines two outcomes: family utilization of competitive employment resources following FEAT and employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Citation: Francis, Grace L.,

Posted in Employment outcome data, Family Involvement, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

Engaging Families of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Systems Change Efforts

This brief describes why families are essential partners in systems change efforts.  It discusses strategies for engaging parents and families in systems change efforts and for promoting their involvement to state-level partners. Citation Roy, Sean. (2014). Engaging Families of Youth

Posted in Family Involvement, Interagency collaboration and partnership

Expectations from Different Perspectives on Future Work Outcome of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Purpose: Expectations strongly influence future employment outcomes and social networks seem to mediate employment success of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The aim of this study is to examine the expectations of young adults with intellectual and developmental

Posted in Employment outcome data, Family Involvement, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

Family Engagement Framework, A Guide for Illinois School Districts, Schools and Families, Draft

This report, developed jointly by the Illinois State Board of Education, the American Institutes for Research, and the Academic Development Institute, provides a comprehensive guide to developing systemic school-family partnerships to support student learning and development.   It includes a

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Family Employment Awareness Training in Kansas: A Pilot Study

This article describes and evaluates a program designed to provide training to adults with disabilities, their families, and support staff to increase expectations for competitive employment and knowledge of employment services supports and resources.  The program was collaboratively developed by

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Transition from School to Work

This powerpoint describes the King County, WA, School to Work program that transitions students with I/DD from high school to integrated employment.  The powerpoint includes a history of the employment movement in WA in the context of national policy development. 

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A School to Work Partnership That Works, Key Elements to Successful Transition

This powerpoint describes a collaborative program in King County, WA that transitions students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from high school to paid supported employment and community lives.  Included are employment outcomes, mission, supporting values, key factors leading to success,

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Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities

This issue brief summarizes the design and results of a survey-based study that examined predictors of post-secondary school employment outcomes for transition-aged youth with developmental disabilities.  The study found that family preference for integrated employment and paid work experience prior

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A Guide to Preparing Your Child With a Disability for Life Beyond High School, Minnesota Secondary Transition Toolkit for Families

This guide provides detailed, comprehensive information and encouragement for parents in Minnesota on the process of planning for transition from high school for students with disabilities.  It describes how they as parents can effectively participate in that process.  Of interest,

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