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

This publication was written by staff from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It is informed and enriched by the experiences of individuals with intellectual disabilities, family members, school personnel, employment providers and others, who are all committed to creating a workforce that includes individuals with intellectual disabilities. As part of Work Without Limits, this publication is one of many tools designed to provide individuals and family members with the information and resources they need to achieve their employment goals.

This publication is a product of Work Without Limits, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CDFA No. 93.768). Work Without Limits is managed through a partnership involving the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Commonwealth Medicine Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Views expressed do not represent official policy of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the University of Massachusetts or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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  • Linda Freeman
  • Melanie Jordan
  • Margaret Van Gelder

Editorial Assistance

  • Emily Rubin

Lead Contributors

  • Bruce Brewer
  • Michelle Harris
  • Elena Varney

Thanks to the following individuals who contributed important information and assisted in reviewing versions of this publication at different stages:

  • Stelios Gragoudas
  • Victor Hernandez
  • Sandy Hobbs
  • David Hoff
  • Nancy Hurley
  • Susan Nadworny
  • Maria Paiewonsky
  • Amelia Robbins-Cureau
  • Cindy Thomas
  • Karen Zimbrich

And a very special thanks to the following individuals who shared their visions and stories with us which helped make all of this information real:

  • John Anton
  • Matthew Arlington
  • Nicole Bibeau
  • Debbie Bibeau
  • Marissa Donati
  • Barbara Donati
  • Michael Duggan
  • Marie Duggan
  • Sherry Elander
  • Brian Farmer
  • Lindsay Foley
  • Robin Foley
  • Rick Hawes
  • Amy Cathryn Recupero
  • Emily Murgo Nisenbaum
  • Andrew Sinclair
  • Julie Sinclair

For more information or to request print copies:

Department of Developmental Services
500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
(617) 727-5608
www.mass.gov/dds

For more information about Work Without Limits:

Work Without Limits
Center for Health Policy and Research
University of Massachusetts Medical School
333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
(508) 856-2710
www.workwithoutlimits.org

Institute for Community Inclusion/UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-4300
www.communityinclusion.org

Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without written permission, except you may download and use the pdf on our website for non-commercial, educational purposes.

The Department of Developmental Services was formerly the Department of Mental Retardation.

 

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