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)

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)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Spotlight on Maine

The implementation of WIA requires major organizational change for employment and training agencies. These publications highlight findings from case studies in three states and identify how states have begun to collaborate and the subsequent impact on people with disabilities. (10/2002)

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

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. (9/2002)

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

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. (8/2002)

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

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. (2/2001)

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)

Time Limits, Exemption, and Disclosure: TANF Caseworkers and Clients with Disabilities

Findings show that welfare caseworkers experience unique challenges when supporting welfare recipients with disabilities, including time limit pressures and conflict over exemptions. The brief includes a resource list for caseworkers. (11/2000)

Helpful Hints: How to Fill Out a Winning PASS Application

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. (12/1999)

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. (7/1999)

Necesidades Laborales de Individuos con VIH/SIDA

Los asuntos de índole laboral se han vuelto cada vez más importantes para los individuos con VIH/SIDA. Distintas situaciones y relaciones laborales se pueden ver afectadas a medida que los individuos con VIH/SIDA reaccionan a la realidad de su diagnóstico e intentan responder simultáneamente a demandas laborales y de salud. El pesente informe resume las experiencias laborales de individuos con VIH/SIDA en el contexto del sistema actual de provisión de tales servicios. (6/1997)

Necesidades Laborales de Individuos con VIH/SIDA: Proveedores de Servicios Opinan

Los individuos con VIH/SIDA a menudo se enfrentan a desafíos cuando se ocupan de cuestiones laborales relacionadas con su estado de salud. El presente informe resume las experiencias de las Organizaciones de Servicios Relacionados con el SIDA y de los servicios de rehabilitación vocacional en la prestación de servicios relacionados con el empleo a individuos con VIH/SIDA. (5/1997)

The Influential Role of the Job Developer: Increasing Self-Determination and Family Involvement During the Job Search

Job developers can influence decision-making during the job search and placement process. For a study exploring the employment decisions of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), researchers interviewed 16 individuals with IDD, their family members, and professionals involved in their job search. Participants were asked what factors, circumstances, or people affected their decisions about work. The job developer was consistently named the most influential person in the job-search process.

Maine's Peer- Support Training: Helping People with ID/DD Transition Out of Sheltered Workshops

Maine's Public Law Chapter 101 passed inIn 2006, a new Maine law and mandated the creation of a new Maine Care waiver program that promotes the expansion of supported - employment programs for people with intellectual and/ developmental disabilities (ID/DD). As a result, state funding for sheltered workshops was reduced for seven workshops and approximately 220 individuals throughout Maine during an 18-month period that ended in the summer of 2009.

The Power of Friendship

Friendship is important for all of us! This includes people with and without disabilities. People often feel better and happier when they have friends. As part of a research project about the choices people with disabilities make about work, we interviewed 16 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). These people also chose family members and professional staff people for us to interview. We asked them how they made decisions about working and making friends. (6/2011)

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Received by Youth with Autism: Are they Associated with an Employment Outcome?

While youth with autism represent a small percentage of all vocational rehabilitation (VR) closures, the number who closed out of VR more than tripled between 2003 and 2008 (see Institute for Community Inclusion Data Note 26). As increasing numbers of youth with autism are accessing VR services, it is important to understand how they are using these services and the relationship of these services to outcomes and costs. (12/2010)

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)

Oklahoma’s Outcomes-based Rate Setting System 

Promising practices: Oklahoma (1/2009)

The Maine Employment Curriculum: Delivering Best Practices for Employment Support Professionals

Promising Practices: Maine (1/2009)

Wisconsin's Job Development Mentors Project

Sponsored by Wisconsin's Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) through the use of Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funds, Wisconsin's Job Development Mentors Project (JDMP) pairs three seasoned job developers with four community-based employment support providers that cover 12 counties throughout the state. JDMP is designed to create a state-wide infrastructure for professionals who are responsible for developing jobs for individuals in supported employment while at the same time, working towards increasing the pool of well-trained job developers around the state of Wisconsin. (6/2008)

Self-Determination: A Fundamental Ingredient of Employment Support

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. (8/2007)

Case Studies of Local Boards and One-Stop Centers: Underutilization of One-Stops by People with Significant Disabilities

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. Existing data indicates that people with disabilities underutilize One-Stops. The disproportionately high rate of unemployment among people with disabilities makes this a critical issue. However, many One-Stops have created successful strategies to improve access. (11/2004)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Accessibility

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (3/2003)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Leadership

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (3/2003)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Merging Cultures

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (3/2003)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Involving People with Disabilities

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (2/2003)

Achieving Quality Services: A Checklist for Evaluating Your Agency

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. (11/2002)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Spotlight on Minnesota

The implementation of WIA requires major organizational change for employment and training agencies. These publications highlight findings from case studies in three states and identify how states have begun to collaborate and the subsequent impact on people with disabilities. (7/2002)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Spotlight on Kentucky

The implementation of WIA requires major organizational change for employment and training agencies. These publications highlight findings from case studies in three states and identify how states have begun to collaborate and the subsequent impact on people with disabilities. (7/2002)

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

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. (12/2001)

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

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. (3/1998)

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

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. (3/1998)

The National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers, FY2004-2005 Report 2: Gender Differences in Individual Employment Outcomes of People with Developmental Disabilities

(4/2008)

The National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers, FY2004-2005 Report 2

Research to Practice Brief, March 2008, Issue 46 (3/2008)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Co-location

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (1/2003)

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