ICI publications by Jennifer Bose

New Hampshire: Translating Research into a Position Statement About Integrated Employment

New Hampshire's Bureau of Developmental Services, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, other state and local service providers, advocates, and families are committed to increasing the employment rate and the quality of employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities. These stakeholders met to craft an employment position statement. They framed their discussions according to factors that research has found to be common to "high-performing" states in providing integrated employment opportunities. Then they developed an employment position statement that satisfied all the groups involved, and communicated their shared belief in the importance of integrated employment as a means toward community inclusion. (5/2011)

Oregon's Employment Support Website: Communicating the Employment First Policy

In 2009, the state of Oregon adopted its Employment First policy. When Oregon's Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) decided to promote the implementation of this policy, it began by updating its existing employment website. The redesigned website (http:// www.dhs.state.or.us/dd/supp_emp/) emphasizes the value of integrated employment over other outcomes, and the importance of building community-wide conversations, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for people with developmental disabilities. The website shares the value of integrated employment with all targeted audiences by highlighting resources and illustrating employment successes. It was also designed to share information on the Oregon's progress and concrete tools to help site users implement employment at the individual job seeker level. The website's new design makes it easy for visitors to find the information they need, and clearly shows DDS's commitment to Employment First. (1/2011)

Maryland: Collaborating to Promote Self-Employment for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Self-employment has emerged as a viable option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). To meet increased self-employment demands, Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), in collaboration with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), adapted services offered through the Reach Independence through Self Employment (RISE) program. The RISE program, funded by DORS, provides technical assistance and financial support to people starting their own businesses. DDA's role in this self-employment initiative has helped people with IDD start a wide variety of businesses and achieve meaningful employment. (10/2010)

Massachusetts: Using a Collaborative, Person-Centered Planning Approach to Facilitate Community Employment

The Northeast Region Supported Employment Project was developed by the North Shore area office of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in 2007. This pilot program, open to any individual with ID/DD who wanted to work, used a person-centered planning approach to achieving individuals’ goals for employment in the community. The project emphasized each individual’s choice of employment providers, collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), and use of an independent facilitator to support career and life planning. The project was spearheaded by two DDS administrators, dedicated to communicating the value of community-based employment to the Department. (1/2010)

Pennsylvania’s Employment Newsletter: A Communication Strategy to Promote Employment

The State of Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) created a monthly newsletter called The Employment Update, which covers state- and nationwide news about the employment of people with disabilities, including intellectual/developmental disabilities. The Employment Update is sent via email to state agency contacts and a large stakeholder community, including individuals with disabilities, service providers, state associations, employers, advocacy groups, family members, representatives from academia and others.

(7/2009)

Reaching Target Employment Goals: The Five-year Initiative from Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

Promising Practices: Florida (1/2009)

Supporting Employment Choices: Lessons Learned - Part II

Little is known about the factors that influence employment-related choice-making for individuals with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities (IDD).

Supporting Employment Choices: Lessons Learned - Part I

little is known about the factors that influence employment-related choice-making for individuals with intellectual and developmen- tal disabilities (IDD).

Job Networking in Diverse Communities

While individuals with disabilities face many obstacles when seeking employment, there are usually additional challenges for those from diverse cultures. To address this issue, ICI formed partnerships with community immigrant organizations to teach networking techniques to job seekers. (4/2005)

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. (5/2003)

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

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. (8/2001)

Making Networking Easier for Job Seekers: A Guide

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. (4/2005)

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

An ICI study with job seekers revealed four strategies that can make it easier to find a job. (5/2003)

Characteristics of Effective Employment Services: The Consumers' Perspective

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. (0/2001)

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities