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Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This report consists of tables displaying recent annual employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual disability for each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C..  The report features data from three sources:  the American Community Survey (ACS) based

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Posted in Employment outcome data, National level resources, Research and evaluation reports

An Assessment of Transition Policies and Practices in State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

Describes the state and local interagency agreements, identification, referral and application procedures, role of VR personnel, transition services, and resources and funding of transition services in 80 VR agencies.  Describes promising practices in the delivery of transition services to youth

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Posted in Interagency collaboration and partnership, Memorandums of Understanding, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

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

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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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Service planning and coordination, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance

Colorado’s Ad Hoc Committee on Employment and Community Participation

Describes 2004 collaborative initiative in Colorado to promote the integrated employment of people with disabilities.  Participants included representatives from the Colorado Division for Developmental Disabilities administration, the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, nonprofit organizations responsible for authorizing services, advocacy groups,

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Posted in Interagency collaboration and partnership, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies

The Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Implementation Lessons from the Original Projects

Describes the implementation experiences of seven Youth Transition Demonstration projects for improving education and employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.  Provides lessons for policymakers and program operators in the design and implementation of employment programs for youth

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Performance measurement and data management, Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination

Promising Practices by State Agencies: Collaboration

Website contains descriptive summaries of state practices that encourage formal and informal interagency relationships to more holistically support individuals with ID/DD in employment.   Summaries include descriptions of collaborative programs, the contexts in which they were developed, how they have been

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Posted in Interagency collaboration and partnership, Service planning and coordination

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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Posted in Employment outcome data, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Leadership, Performance measurement and data management, Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies
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