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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

Road to Reform

This report describes New York State’s reform initiative to achieve a system-wide transformation in its treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Goals include achieving more person-centered service planning and improving personal and system-wide outcomes, with individuals living in the most

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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Performance measurement and data management, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Strategic goals and operating policies

Review of Employment Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Comprehensive Review of the State-of-the-Field from 1996-2011

This report provides an (1) an overview of the history and federal legislation relevant to delivery of employment services to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and (2) a review of the empirical literature on these services.  The review of

Posted in Employment outcome data, Funding mechanisms, Post-secondary Education, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies

Using Medicaid Funding to Support the Employment of People with Disabilities: A Federal Framework

This brief provides historical context and discusses opportunities for funding programs and supports leading to the employment of individuals with disabilities through Medicaid state plans and home and community-based service waivers. Citation: National Technical Assistance and Research Center (2011). Using

Posted in Funding mechanisms

State Employment Practices: Funding for Employment Services

Describes systems for funding employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in five states: Tennessee, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Florida, and North Carolina.  Topics include system priorities, goals and historical contexts, service definitions and rate structures, sources and parameters of

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Employment Funding for Intellectual/Developmental Disability Systems

Funding is a central tool for improving the quality and range of employment service options. While outcome-based funding models are more common in the Vocational Rehabilitation system, there is a need for funding structures in intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

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Posted in Employment outcome data, Funding mechanisms, Memorandums of Understanding, Research and evaluation reports, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies

Jobs by 21 Partnership Project: Impact of Cross-System Collaboration on Employment Outcomes of Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities

In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows

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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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Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a high performer in the 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.  The report describes the

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Innovations in Employment Supports: Colorado’s State Division of Developmental Services

This report identifies factors that led to Colorado’s success in helping people with ID/DD achieve integrated employment, followed by changes that led to a decline, and initiatives subsequently put into place to improve attainment of integrated employment for this population. 

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