ICI publications by Jaimie Ciulla Timmons

Nevada's Regional Forums: Creating a Shared Responsibility for Improving Employment

The Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities sought to engage community stakeholders and acquire knowledge to further the employment agenda by funding three regional summits. Using the State Employment Leadership Network's (SELN)* self-assessment preliminary findings as a basis, the summit steering committee created a framework for summit participants. Through a rigorous planning process and comprehensive 2-day summits in three regions of the state, Nevada was able to create a shared, multi-stakeholder plan of action with the goal of improving the current employment support system for individuals with developmental disabilities (1/2011)

Michigan's Job Development Incentive

Michigan's Department of Community Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration (MDCH) has expressed a strong desire to improve the state's employment outcomes among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Set against this desire is a major obstacle: Michigan is among the states hardest hit by the continuing economic recession, with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. (10/2010)

Judy: Using a job developer's professional networks

Judy had been working in a facility-based workshop. She had tried a few jobs in the community, such as a bagger at a local grocery store, but most of her community work experience had been at enclave sites. Judy really wanted a job in the community but was disappointed with her experience as a bagger because she felt uncomfortable working in a noisy place. Judy shared her interest in crafts and working with people who are elderly, and expressed a desire for a part-time job. Judy's job developer achieved this goal by using his professional networks. (11/2008)

Michael: Supplementing job coaching with natural supports

Michael is a young man in his 20s who has been employed at a facility-based workshop since he graduated from high school. Although in the past AEI has helped him attain multiple jobs, Michael struggled with retaining them. Michael has needed ongoing support to stay focused, and his propensity to be distracted became an impediment to his success. This success story illustrates how identifying shortcomings in previous on-the-jobs supports can lead to an improved understanding of current needs. Michael's job developer met those needs by supplementing his job coach with the use of natural supports. (11/2008)

Creative Involvement of Community-Based Disability Organizations

This series of products offers practical solutions for Local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers as they strive to serve all customers, including those with disabilities. WIA facilitates partnerships to improve service delivery. Although the state Vocational Rehabilitation agency is the only mandated disability partner, community-based organizations can also work with One-Stops. (9/2004)

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities