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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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Posted in Employment outcome data, Family Involvement, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Leadership, Memorandums of Understanding, Services and service innovations, Strategic goals and operating policies, Transition planning in schools

Scaling-up Brief: Readiness for Change

Disusses variables a leadership team can consider in determining and creating readiness to invest in scaling up an innovation. Citation: Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K. A., et al. (2009). “Scaling-up Brief: Readiness for Change.” State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-Based

Posted in Leadership, Performance measurement and data management

Pushing the Employment Agenda: Case Study Research of High Performing States in Integrated Employment

This article summarizes the methods and findings of a study examining organizational factors leading to high state performance in achieving integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Strategies such as flexibility, communicating values through data, rewards, funding incentives,

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Employment outcome data, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Leadership, Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance

The Lived Experiences of Adolescents with Disabilities and Their Parents in Transition Planning

Qualitative study examines transition processes experienced by adolescents with disabilities and their parents. The results indicate that students rarely were engaged in transition planning, and when they were engaged, it came too late in their high school careers. Students with

Posted in Family Involvement, Leadership, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in Washington State

Washington State is recognized as a high performer in integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  This case study was written to provide a practical resource for states trying to increase the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  It details five

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Guideposts for Success

Statement of principles to guide policy and program development related to the needs of transitioning youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Citation: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (2005). Guideposts for Success. Washington, DC, Institute on Educational Leadership.

Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, Family Involvement, Leadership, Post-secondary Education, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance, Transition planning in schools, Youth development and leadership

High-Performing States in Integrated Employment

Highlights successful practices of states that have been identified as high performers in integrated employment for people served by ID/DD agencies.  This essay describes the common attributes of these states in the areas of having (1) clearly defined goals and

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