Our Approach to Technical Assistance

The Partnerships in Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center is using a demonstrated approach to state level systems change and technical assistance to increase employment outcomes for youth and young adults in eight participating states: Alaska, California, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) are using a holistic approach that includes focused, performance-driven, individual state support, state-to-state networking and learning, and aggressive knowledge transfer and information dissemination. State site visits include a comprehensive assessment of policy and practice to support work plan development and identification of existing expertise and common needs for state-to-state collaboration. Permanent products will include a longitudinal cross state analysis of data on factors that support and impede systems change efforts, a High Performing Transition Model state self assessment toolkit, a performance benchmarking toolkit, community of practice reports and recommendations, topical webinars for on demand use, and a resource library of model documents and tools including MOUs, policies, and service tools.

Guiding Questions: 

  1. What factors facilitate competitive employment for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities?
  2. What challenges do systems, students, young adults and families face in supporting integrated employment and post-secondary education outcomes?
  3. How are transition, post secondary education and employment addressed in state and local policy?
  4. What is the role of the departments of public instruction, developmental disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation in facilitating transition outcomes?

Needs Assessment and Technical Assistance Elements

  • Leadership and goals
  • Policy
  • Funding and contracting
  • Staff training and technical assistance
  • Services and innovation
  • Employment performance measurement, quality assurance and program oversight
  • Youth development and leadership
  • Family engagement 

High Performing States Model


Chart showing the high performing states model


Hall, et al, 2007

Model Elements