Need for Partnerships

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to participate in the work force at dramatically lower levels than the general population. Despite changes in expectations and policy, these outcomes extend to transition-age youth and young adults. Transition from school to adult life is a critical point of intervention for improving workforce participation. Current barriers to employment for transition age youth and young adults include limited emphasis on employment as a preferred outcome in school and adult services; a sporadic focus on career development including work based learning and work experiences to support youth with IDD to transition directly to jobs in the community; personnel preparation for school teachers to equip them with skills necessary to support students and provide them with employment related skills; inadequate collaboration between education and VR and DD, adult support agencies and other stakeholders; and limited family and individual engagement in developing school and post-school employment objectives.

Model Elements