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2015

Press Release: New UMass Boston Center Focuses on Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities
A new research and training center based at the University of Massachusetts Boston will develop and test support models and analyze policies that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find quality employment.

2013

Press Release: New Online Resource Trains Hospital Staff on Disability Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce its new online training: Inclusive Health Care. Inclusive Health Care is a disability-awareness training for hospital staff.

Press Release: Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker to Partner with National Down Syndrome Society and the ICI on "My Great Story" Video Project
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston are collaborating with Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, to create a series of videos to accompany the NDSS My Great Story public awareness campaign. The My Great Story campaign seeks to ignite a new way of thinking about people with Down syndrome by collecting and showcasing inspirational stories told by people with Down syndrome as well as their family members, friends, colleagues, employers, and many others.

Press Release: Participants of the Learning Collaborative on Vocational Rehabilitation Management
The Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) on VR Program Management is pleased to announce the participants of the 2013-2014 Learning Collaborative. This is the second cohort of VR agencies to join the Learning Collaborative on VR Program Management.

2012

Press Release: UMass Boston Announces New Graduate School
The University of Massachusetts Boston today announced the launch of its newest graduate school, the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. This is the first graduate school in the world to focus on wellness and economic development from an international perspective. The school's emphasis is on groups of people who are excluded from communities here in the United States and abroad due to disability or other conditions.

Press Release: ICI Wins New Research Grant
The ICI and our partners will carry out three major research studies about improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) responsiveness to employer needs. We will examine the role of VR in retention of older workers, hiring processes for young workers, and supporting remote workers.

2011

Press Release: The Arc of the United States has awarded Ashley Wolfe with the 2011 Research in Action award.
Wolfe was presented with this for her significant contributions to Participatory Action Research efforts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

2009

Press Release: Kerry, Lynch, Tierney Announce UMASS Boston to Receive $3.7 Million for Early Childhood Education Programs in Lynn
Senator John Kerry and Congressmen Stephen Lynch and John Tierney today announced that the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion, Early Childhood will receive $3,763,701 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Early Reading First Program.

Press Release: Governor Patrick Announces Funding for Regional Collaboratives
On June 25, 2009, Governor Patrick announced a grant, from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), of up to $2.5 million to develop five Regional Employment Collaboratives under Work Without Limits: A Massachusetts Disability Initiative. The Work Without Limits initiative is a partnership of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, the Center for Health Care Policy at UMass Medical School, and the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Press Release: New Report from ICI on Routes to Employment in US and UK - Strategies to Improve Integrated Service Delivery
In the United States and the United Kingdom there are large numbers of working age people with disabilities who are not working and claiming benefits: 10.6 million in the US and 2.64 million in the UK. This report has identified strategies that Public Employment Services activities in both the US and the UK have used in delivering services in a way that meets the more complex employment support needs of people with disabilities within systems designed for the “universal” job seeker as well as investigating how effective these strategies are in reaching that goal.

2008

Press Release: ICI to Enhance Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
As a result of the development of postsecondary education options for youth with developmental disabilities, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) (University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, University of Delaware, The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, University of South Carolina, and University of California Los Angeles), along with the Association for University Centers on Disabilities has received a grant for $4 million, to be distributed over five years, from the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities to establish the Consortium for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Press Release: Institute for Community Inclusion and TransCen, Inc. to Research Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with TransCen, Inc. in Maryland, has received $1.5 million over three years from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to establish the Center for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Press Release: National Service Inclusion Project Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant, UMass Boston Project to Continue for Five Years
The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and the University of Massachusetts Boston has been awarded a five-year grant. The grant will continue the relationship between NSIP, the Corporation for National and Community Service Programs (the Corporation), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the National Down Syndrome Congress, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the 67 University Centers for Excellence on Disability (UCEDs).

Press Release: Secretary Spellings Addresses Global Education Summit, Announces $7.5 Million in Grants for More Innovative, Effective Tests for Students With Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings noted that a new technical assistance center to help colleges and universities develop and expand programs for students with intellectual disabilities will be located at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

2007

Press Release: Institute for Community Inclusion Hosts Boston Premiere of Including Samuel, Film Featured in Yesterday's Boston Globe (12/07).
For over 30 years the Institute for Community Inclusion’s (ICI) mission has been about promoting inclusion and access for all people, with and without disabilities. Alongside our partners – families, schools, communities, and others – we advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and justice. The ICI invites you to the Boston premiere of Including Samuel, a film exemplifying our mission.

Press Release: Institute for Community Inclusion Bridges Digital Divide, New Study Identifies Effective Ways to Increase Internet Use Among Hard-to-Reach-Groups (7/07).
In both the United States and the United Kingdom, some hard-to-reach groups are excluded from online government services and transactions (e-government) through lack of access. This publication identifies technical and social barriers currently limiting access to e-government as well as suggested solutions. By presenting six case studies, Boeltzig and Pilling provide ten recommendations to increase access to and use of the Internet among the hard-to-reach.

Press Release: Director of Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston to Receive Award at MAB Community Service Gala, ICI’s William Kiernan received the Joseph M. Collins Human Service Award at the MAB Community Service Gala on April 25, 2007 (4/07)
William Kiernan, the Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), received the Joseph M. Collins Human Service Award at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB) Community Service Gala on April 25, 2007.

2006

Press Release: Dr. Laura Bozeman Named Director of the Regional Teacher Education Programs in Visual Impairments at UMass Boston (5/06).
Dr. Laura Bozeman has accepted the position of Program Director of the Regional Teacher Education Programs in Visual Impairments at UMass Boston.

2005

Press Release: As National Disability Employment Awareness Month Opens, Leaders Say Mass. Residents with Disabilities Can Turn the Tide of Labor Force Loss.
MA workforce decline can be counteracted if businesses take advantage of the undertapped workforce of people with disabilities. With state leader quotes from the September, 2005 "Mission: Employment 2" conference.

Press Release: UMass Boston M.Ed. in Special Education, Teacher of Visual Impairments Track Accredited by the Massachusetts Dept. of Education.
A UMB masters degree program trains much-needed teachers for visually impaired students.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities