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Access to Integrated Employment (AIE) Project

Individual employment outcomes, labor market activity, and employment participation

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For the past 25 years, Access to Integrated Employment has described trends in day and employment services and outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and explored the factors that contribute to employment outcomes at an individual, employment support practice, service provider, and state policy level. Funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) the project is home to several activities:

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Featured Publication: Services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the US territories

The following report represents an expansion of the data collection activities mandated by a 2012 Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Prior to 2012, the AIDD funded data projects, Access to Integrated Employment, Family and Individual Information Systems project (FISP), Residential Information Systems Project (RISP) and the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities only collected data from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The 2012 FOA requested that three of the AIDD data projects work together to include the five U.S. Territories (American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) in their data collection and analysis efforts. This summary represents the first step to describe the services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the territories.

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Featured Publication: Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2004–2012

This report summarizes the employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual disabilities between 2004 and 2012 in the nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). Data are reported separately for two age groups: 16 to 21 years old, and 22 to 30 years old. The first age group includes young adults who may still be eligible for school services (through age 21), whereas the second age group includes young adults who have left the education system. Data are drawn from three sources: the American Community Survey (ACS), the Rehabilitation Services Administration 911 (RSA-911), and the National Core Indicators (NCI).

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Featured Publication: NCI Data Brief (Updated 2014)

Working in the Community: the Status and Outcomes of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Employment

National Core Indicators (NCI) data provide an important window on the employment and employment outcomes of people with ID/DD receiving services. This Special Issue Data Brief describes the employment status of individuals supported by state ID/DD agencies and compares participating states in terms of proportions of service recipients in different types of community employment. These data have not been published before.


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Promising Practices: Stories from the Front Line
Real People, Real Jobs Website

Success stories from individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are working. These stories illustrate effective use of promising practices by job developers, employers, individuals, and families.


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StateData.info offers ready access to service and employment outcomes data on individuals with disabilities. The site currently includes data sets from state intellectual/developmental disability agencies, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, state demographic data, and the American Community Survey (ACS).

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The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a roundtable network of state intellectual/developmental disability agencies interested in developing strategy and policy that supports integrated employment outcomes. The SELN is managed by ICI and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services.

National Survey on Day and Employment Outcomes

Since fiscal year 1988 the Institute for Community Inclusion has administered the National Survey of Day and Employment Programs. This work is designed to describe the nature of day and employment services for individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. Summaries of previously collected data can be found at http://www.statedata.info.

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National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers

The National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) FY 2008-2009 will continue a series of surveys that began in 1993. The purpose of this study is to provide a longitudinal description of CRPs by collecting data on agency characteristics and employment outcomes. In addition, the study will address the effect of organizational, state and local level factors on CRP participation in integrated employment.

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Survey of Job Developers

The purpose of this study is to investigate what characteristics and competencies of job developers working in community rehabilitation programs (CRP) best predict the employment outcomes of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities with whom they work.

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Promising Practices: State Agencies

The promising practices database highlights innovative policies and strategies that state intellectual/developmental disability agencies are using to increase integrated employment opportunities. The promising practices series also includes stories meant to illustrate person-level successes in employment.

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CRP Promising Practices

Given the national landscape and the emphasis on community employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), this webpage focuses on community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) engaged in practices that reflect individual integrated employment as a priority outcome. By spreading the word about these promising practices, we hope to maximize the capacity of CRPs to present integrated employment as the preferred option for their customers.

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Promising Practices: Stories from the Front Line

Real People, Real Jobs Website

Success stories from individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are working. These stories illustrate effective use of promising practices by job developers, employers, individuals, and families.

Choosing Employment: A qualitative study

Through a series of in-person interviews with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their family members, and their employment staff, this study explores the ways in which individuals navigate employment choices and preferences.

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High Performing States in Integrated Employment: Case studies across states

Case study data from Colorado, New Hampshire, and Washington suggests several elements that comprise a successful integrated employment system. Data from Tennessee, a state moving towards expanding community employment, reflects the challenges and growth of a work-in-progress.

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Data Systems for Day and Employment Outcomes: Case studies across states

Stakeholders from 6 states that have effective data collection systems for tracking day and employment outcomes will participate in interviews about their data systems' development, purpose, and implementation.

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Funding Mechanisms for Integrated Employment: Case studies across states

Ten state-level case studies will focus on funding incentives for community rehabilitation providers' integrated employment participation.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Outcomes: Secondary data analysis

Longitudinal analysis of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) 911 database will include closure trends and a description of the range and costs of services delivered to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities within the Vocational Rehabilitation system.

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Individual employment outcomes, labor market activity, and employment participation

Analysis of national databases including the Rehabilitation Services Administration 911, American Community Survey, and National Core Indicators Project will address disparities in economic status, standard of living, and labor market participation among individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Project Director: John Butterworth

Project Contact: Allison Cohen Hall
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