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Effective Career Development Strategies for Young Artists with Disabilities

The Institute Brief 24

One potential arena of employment for young people with disabilities is the arts. This brief reports on effective strategies that 47 young artists with disabilities used to gain access to arts-related experiences in order to further their educational and career pathways. Across program years 2002–2005, these young artists, all aged 16 to 25, were finalists in the VSA arts/ Volkswagen of America, Inc. Program, an arts competition that was intended to showcase their talents and accomplishments. As part of the overall evaluation, we were able to identify career development strategies based on a review of finalists’ program applications. This brief is mainly targeted at visual artists, although the strategies may also apply to other groups of artists.

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: 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: Sec. Spellings Addresses Global Education Summit, Announces $7.5 Million in Grants for More Innovative, Effective Tests for Students With Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency

54 Countries Represented; Over Two Dozen Special Olympics Athletes Present

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.

School Days to Pay Days

An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Collaboratively designed by ICI and the Department of Developmental Services, this booklet will help families get started with the school-to-work transition process. Readers will learn about resources, services, and programs available for young adults with intellectual disabilities in Massachusetts; and find inspiration in the many success stories of young adults who have secured fulfilling employment with appropriate supports.

Quality Employment Services: Where Research and Practice Meet

MassWorks 5, 2007

Providing quality employment services to people with disabilities requires a substantial commitment of time, energy, and resources. Given this investment and our obligation to individuals with disabilities, we as providers must deliver the most effective services possible.

Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Research to Practice 45

An overview of research on postsecondary education and options, with a bibliography and recommendations for improving access to college.

Making Experiential Education Accessible for Students with Disabilities

Institute Brief 19

College students with disabilities enter with less work experience and have a harder time finding jobs than their nondisabled peers. Experiential education-- mentoring, internships, job shadowing, and so on-- can create a bridge to graduation and employment. However, that requires college professionals to consider access issues for all students. A new Institute Brief provides basic disability awareness information, suggests ways to create welcoming career offices, and offers ideas to increase access to experiential education.

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.

Campus Career Development Services: Promoting Inclusive Practices

Information and suggestions for college career services offices to help them reach students who have disabilities.

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.

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.

Postsecondary Education as a Critical Step Toward Meaningful Employment: Vocational Rehabilitation's Role

Research to Practice 29

Research shows that access to postsecondary education makes an enormous difference in the employability of people with disabilities. This brief focuses on the rehabilitation outcomes of people who received education supports from Vocational Rehabilitation agencies.

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.

Self-Determination and Struggle in the Lives of Adolescents

Research to Practice 23

As students of all ability levels move into adulthood, they seek to define themselves and develop goals for the future. This study identifies four categories of students and offering targeted suggestions for support.

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.

Recreation in the Community

Institute Brief 12

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

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.

Building Authentic Visions: How to Support the Focus Person in Person Centered Planning

Research to Practice 15

This brief summarizes research on behavior during a planning session that increased or decreased participation of the focus person. Recommendations challenge team members to think about how their own behavior influences the focus person's participation.

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.

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).

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.

Moving On: Planning for the Future (Video)

Video 3

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

Planning for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: A Guide for Health Care Providers

Manual

This resource guide helps health care providers support adolescents as they move into adulthood

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.

Bridges to Inclusion: Supports for Youth At-Risk with Disabilities

Roses and Thorns from the Grassroots: A Series Highlighting Organizational Change in Massachusetts

This brief reports what ICI learned during a collaborative project with Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a Boston-based agency that serves runaway, homeless, and other at-risk youth. The collaboration included research, staff training, youth training, and case consultation.

Disability Organizations' Perspectives on the Needs of Youth with Disabilities Who Are Runaway or Homeless

Research to Practice 16

Findings from a national survey of state-level disability organizations on issues regarding runaway or homeless youth who have disabilities.

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.

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.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities