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Advancing Parent-Professional Leadership: Effective Strategies for Building the Capacity of Parent Advisory Councils in Special Education

The Institute Brief, Issue No. 27

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, last amended in 2004 (IDEA 2004), encourages parents and educators to work collaboratively, emphasizing that as a team they are uniquely suited to make decisions that help improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children with disabilities. The Advancing Parent-Professional Leadership in Education (APPLE) Project was funded to develop the leadership skills of parents individually and within their communities. The project took place in Massachusetts, where school districts are required to have a special education parent advisory council (SEPAC).

Minimum Wage Increase: What It Means for People with Disabilities (UPDATED 2009)

Tools for Inclusion 21

This publication provides guidance to individuals with disabilities regarding the increase in minimum wage, with a particular focus on understanding who this increase applies to, the impact of the wage increase on public benefits, and how to deal with issues that may arise with employers.

Moving On to High School: A Tip Sheet for Parents of Children on Individualized Education Plans

Tools for Inclusion 18A

Time spent in school is probably the single greatest feature of a young person's life. So it only makes sense for parents to make sure their sons and daughters get what they need from school. Even though families don't have much influence over how schools structure courses, there are things they can do to make the most of what schools have to offer. This tip sheet is based on the experiences of students with disabilities in public schools and their families.

Making It Easier to Go to Work: What the Changes at Social Security Mean to You

Tools for Inclusion 17

Recent changes to Social Security reduce the financial consequences of working for people who receive benefits. This publication explains the changes and how they impact people with disabilities who want to work.

Evaluating Your Agency and Its Services: A Checklist for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Tools for Inclusion 16

It is important to evaluate employment services and decide if you are getting the results that you are looking for. You should have high expectations! If you are currently using an agency for help with employment, this checklist can help you make sure you are getting what you need.

Making Dreams a Reality: Using Personal Networks to Achieve Goals as You Prepare to Leave High School

Tools for Inclusion 15

Leaving high school can be both exciting and stressful. This brief tells the stories of students who used their personal networks to exercise self-determination and follow their goals, and includes worksheets for students to build and use their own networks.

Starting with Me: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers

Tools for Inclusion 14

A person-centered approach can help individuals with disabilities make satisfying job choices. This brief guides job seekers through a three-stage career development process that includes assessing their interests, researching the job market, and marketing themselves to potential employers.

From Stress to Success: Making Social Security Work for Your Young Adult

Tools for Inclusion 13

How does receiving Social Security affect families as their children move into adulthood? This brief shares families' experiences and suggests ways that families can manage SSI and use it to help a young adult prepare for their career.

Stories of Success: Using Networking and Mentoring Relationships in Career Planning for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

Tools for Inclusion 12

This brief gives examples of how students and families have successfully used networking and mentoring to learn about jobs and find employment, and gives students tools to build and use their personal networks throughout the career planning process.

One-Stop Centers: A Guide for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Tools for Inclusion 10

General information about the One-Stop system and answers to specific questions individuals with disabilities may have about One-Stop services.

Networking: A Consumer Guide to an Effective Job Search

Tools for Inclusion 7

Based on an ICI training workshop, this brief teaches job seekers with disabilities how to become more proactive in their job search.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title 1: Employment

Tools for Inclusion 5

Brief overview of the concepts and scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, plus resource lists.

One-Stop Collaborations: The Key to Expanding Your Workforce Connections

MassWorks 6, 2008

Finding ways to collaborate with the mainstream workforce system can not only expand the opportunities for the people you serve but position your organization as a valuable resource to the workforce development system.

Massachusetts Public and Subsidized Housing Tenants: Know Your Rights! Get a Rent Freeze When You Go to Work

Resource Guide 10

A guide to help MA public housing tenants with disabilities keep their rent stable when they get a job.

Massachusetts Employment and Disability Snapshot Report, 2000-2005

Research Report

The second in an annual series of snapshot reports on the employment of people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Answers to Parents' Questions on Mental Retardation

Resource Guide 9

Clinicians from Children's Hospital Boston answer basic questions parents may have about mental retardation (MR). Includes national and New England resources.

The 30-Day Placement Plan: A Road Map to Employment (updated 2011)

Institute Brief 21

There are many steps to finding and getting the right job, and this process can be challenging. Many job seekers have found that breaking the job search down into a series of small, workable tasks makes the process much more manageable. It also gives the job seeker a sense of accomplishment when each task is completed. A 30-Day Placement Plan is one way to keep tasks in order.

Making Networking Easier for Job Seekers: A Guide

Institute Brief 20

Networking is considered the most effective way to find a good job. However, sometimes people find networking difficult. This brief addresses common reasons why people might not be comfortable and offers possible solutions. Particular concern is paid to differences between cultures.

Getting the Most from the Public Vocational Rehabilitation System

Tools for Inclusion 19

Every state has a vocational rehabilitation agency that is designed to help individuals with disabilities meet their employment goals. Vocational rehabilitation agencies assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, keep, or regain employment. This publication answers questions frequently asked by individuals with disabilities. For consumers.

Guide to Accessible Transportation in Bristol and Plymouth Counties (Massachusetts)

Resource Guide 7

This guide concentrates on transportation operating through the Greater Attleboro/Plymouth/Onset and New Bedford/Fall River areas of Southeastern Massachusetts. Thirty-five private transportation providers, four public transit providers, three paratransit providers, and two commuter rail systems are included, as well as nine hotels/motels. The information was compiled by Donna Kulpa as part of the Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship.

Four Strategies to Find a Good Job: Advice from Job Seekers with Disabilities

Tools for Inclusion 18

An ICI study with job seekers revealed four strategies that can make it easier to find a job.

Show Me the Money: Flexible Funding for Job Success

This web publication shares success stories and suggestions to help people with disabilities use flexible funding to find and keep the jobs they want.

Achieving Quality Services: A Checklist for Evaluating Your Agency

Institute Brief 15

This checklist can help staff and directors at One-Stop Career Centers and state and private agencies evaluate the quality and responsiveness of their services to job seekers with disabilities. Areas covered include access to resources, agency culture, coordination, and consumer-directedness.

WIA and One-Stop Centers: Opportunities and Issues for the Disability Community

Institute Brief 13

This brief gives a basic overview of the act and examines its impact on the lives of people with disabilities as well as the systems and organizations that assist them.

People with Disabilities: Having a Voice in the Creation of the New Workforce Investment System

Tools for Inclusion 11

This publication informs people with disabilities and advocates about the opportunities available for input into WIA implementation at the state and local level.

Helpful Hints: How to Fill Out a Winning PASS Application

Tools for Inclusion 9

This brief uses the story of one career woman to illustrate how to apply for and use a PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support), a Social Security program that allows people receiving SSI to maintain benefits as they start working.

Understanding the SSI Work Incentives

Tools for Inclusion 8

Information about Social Security Administration programs that can help people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to retain benefits that can support and ensure long-term employment.

Quality Employment Services: Will You Know It When You See It?

Institute Brief 11

Guidelines and steps for people with disabilities to evaluate agencies in order to receive services that best meet their individual needs.

Recreation in the Community

Institute Brief 12

Recommendations from community recreation providers on how to include youth with disabilities in recreation programs.

Redes de Contactos: Una Herramienta Eficaz Para Quienes Buscan Empleo

Buscar trabajo es difícil. En promedio se necesita hacer entre 10 y 20 llamadas para conseguir una entrevista y entre 7 y 10 entrevistas para conseguir un empleo. La formación y utilización de redes de contactos ayuda enormemente a acelerar este proceso.

Barriers to Transition Planning for Parents of Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs

Research to Practice 19

An examination of the transition planning experiences and concerns of family members of young adults with special health care needs.

The Americans with Disabilities Act: General Overview

Tools for Inclusion 2

Brief overview of the concepts and scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, plus resource lists.

Moving On: Planning for the Future

Manual

ICI's transition guide for students, parents, and educators. Transition from high school includes numerous areas of life. This guide provides a detailed introduction to what lies ahead and resources to get students started in the transition process.

Consumer and Family Perspectives on the Meaning of Work

Research to Practice 1

Findings from a study that obtained the perspectives of people with significant disabilities and their family members about their employment experiences, outcomes, and expectations.

Going To Work: A Guide to Social Security Benefits and Employment for Young People with Disabilities (2011 Edition)

Resource Guide

The purpose of this booklet is to give families and professionals working with young people some practical, hands-on information about work incentives. We also hope that young people themselves will read this booklet and use the information to help them make the best choices when they go to work.

Support through Mentorship: Accessible Supervision of Employees with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Institute Brief Issue No. 29 July 2013

Effective supervision of employees with intellectual or developmental disabilities can be challenging for businesses that may not have experience in hiring people with diverse support requirements. This is largely due to the relatively low participation rates of people with disabilities in the workforce. This is, thankfully, changing as more businesses are seeing the value of diversifying their workforce, which includes hiring people with diverse cognitive abilities like people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Self-Determination: A Fundamental Ingredient of Employment Support

Tools for Inclusion 22

Persons with disabilities should direct their own job searches, from determining their interests and goals to researching employment opportunities to starting a new job. Doing so increases their sense of empowerment and can contribute to their employment success. Employment professionals have a facilitating role to play in the process. Job seeker self-determination practices should drive employment services' coordination, funding, and implementation.

Massachusetts Employment and Disability Snapshot Report, 2000-2004 (Report 1)

Research Report

This is the first in an annual series of snapshot reports on the employment of people with disabilities in Massachusetts. It offers an overview of trends in employment of people with disabilities for people with disabilities, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and other interested parties.

Building a Future: Working with the Post-High School Expectations of Students & Parents

Research to Practice 22

This brief examined the circumstances that accompany high expectations for the future for Massachusetts high school students who receive special education services and their parents. Includes recommendations on how to build and fulfill students' goals for adulthood.

Moving On: Planning for the Future (Video)

Video 3

This video outlines a step-by-step process for transition planning.

Transition Planning for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: Information for Families and Teens

Manual 5

Information, ideas, and resources for transition planning in the areas of health care, education, employment, and recreation. Includes suggested readings, a glossary of terms, and a summary of transition-related laws. Legal guidelines are drawn from Massachusetts and federal law.

Transition Age Special Education Students and SSI: What Parents Should Know

SSI is an income support program that provides monthly payments to persons with disabilities who have limited income and resources. The brief provides information on initial eligibility, age 18 redetermination, and work incentives.

Consejos Utiles: Como diligenciar un PASS que de resultados

El PASS es un programa ofrecido por la Social Security Administration (Administración de Seguridad Social) para ayudar a las personas que reciben SSI (Ingresos Suplementarios de Seguridad Social). El presente documento utilizará la historia de Daniela para ilustrar el PASS en mayor detalle.

Americans with Disabilities Act: General Overview (Español)

El ADA exitiende las legislaciones de derechos civiles previos al proveer un mandato claro que terminaria con la descriminacion contra las personas con desabilidades en todas las areas de su vida.

The Most Important Member: Facilitating the Focus Person's Participation in Person Centered Planning

Research to Practice 14

This brief summarizes research that explored the participation of young people in person centered planning, and gives specific recommendations to assist facilitators in maximizing student participation.

Pervasive Developmental Disorders: PDD-NOS, Aspergers Disorder, and Autism, A Parent Information Booklet

Resource Guide 3

General background information and answers to common questions on PDD and Aspergers Disorder.

Shared Responsibility: Job Search Practices from the Consumer and Staff Perspective

Research to Practice 2

A review of a national study of the job search practices used by community rehabilitation providers and independent living centers, focusing on the relationship between these practices and employment outcomes such as job satisfaction, wages, and hours.

Utilizing All Your Resources: Individuals with and Without Disabilities Volunteering Together

Resource Guide 1

This manual discusses strategies for enabling individuals with and without disabilities to volunteer together in their communities for fun and civic service. Topics covered include recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers; handling challenges; and managing liability.

More Like a Dance: Whole Life Planning for People with Disabilities

Manual/Video

A useful reference on using person-centered planning to assist young adults in making the transition from school to adulthood. This system emphasizes the involvement of family, friends, and community members, with the student driving the process. The video shows the whole life planning process in action by depicting key aspects of the process and the experiences of three students.

Family SupportNet News: Issue 3

Newsletter

Newsletter from Family SupportNet, an ICI project that helped people with disabilities and their families from diverse communities to access resources online.

Family SupportNet News: Issue 6

Newsletter

Newsletter from Family SupportNet, an ICI project that helped people with disabilities and their families from diverse communities to access resources online.

Family SupportNet News: Issue 5

Newsletter

Newsletter from Family SupportNet, an ICI project that helped people with disabilities and their families from diverse communities to access resources online.

Family SupportNet News: Issue 4

Newsletter

Newsletter from Family SupportNet, an ICI project that helped people with disabilities and their families from diverse communities to access resources online.

Family SupportNet News: Issue 2

Newsletter

Newsletter from Family SupportNet, an ICI project that helped people with disabilities and their families from diverse communities to access resources online.

Characteristics of Effective Employment Services: The Consumers' Perspective

Monograph 31

This monograph reports findings from a study investigating the experiences of people with disabilities who used a state agency to find a job. Researchers found five key components to effective service delivery: agency culture, consumer-directedness, access to resources, quality personnel, and coordinated services.

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