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John Butterworth

Director of Employment Systems Change and Evaluation Senior Research Fellow

B.A., Bowdoin College
M.S., George Peabody College for Teachers
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

John has over 35 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, trainer, and manager of community-based day and employment services. He manages projects on employment support, transition, and state systems change including Access to Integrated Employment, a 25 year national data collection project on day and employment services and outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the State Employment Leadership Network, a membership network of state developmental disability agencies committed to improving employment outcomes. John's interests include employment policy, organizational change, employment outcomes, natural supports, person-centered planning, and program management.

ICI publications by John Butterworth

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. (7/2014)

StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

The StateData employment report is a product of Access to Integrated Employment, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, supported in part by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under cooperative agreement #90DN0216. The opinions contained in this report are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the funders. (5/2012)

Employment Data Systems : Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities

The increasing emphasis on government accountability at the state and federal levels has increased interest in and use of outcome data. Moreover, research has found that high performing states in integrated employment generally have a clear and visible data collection system that provides individual outcome data (Hall et al, 2007). But what are the most important elements in designing and using a system? Stakeholders have raised questions regarding creating effective data collection systems, identifying variables with the most utility for influencing policy, and using data as a strategic planning tool. This series is intended to shed light on the successes and challenges of day and employment systems across several states and to provide strategies for other states as they examine their own data collection systems and their impact on their employment priorities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). (3/2011)

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

Promising Practices: Maine (1/2009)

Innovations in Employment Supports: New Hampshire's State Division of Developmental Services

Between 1988 and 2001, New Hampshire's Division of Developmental Services transformed the state's day and employment services from a facility-based model to an inclusion model that supports 94% of its individuals in the community. This brief highlights several factors contributing to New Hampshire's employment outcomes. (5/2004)

Select outside publications by John Butterworth

Domin, D., & Butterworth, J. (2013). The role of community rehabilitation providers in employment for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Results of the 2010–2011 national survey. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 51(4), 215-225.

Butterworth, J., Migliore, A., Nord, D., & Gelb, A. (2012). Improving the employment outcomes of job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities: a training and mentoring intervention for employment consultants. Journal of Rehabilitation, 78(2), 20-29.

Winsor, Jean E., Butterworth, John & Boone, Jane (2011). Jobs by 21 Partnership Project: Impact of cross-system collaboration on employment outcomes of young adults with developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 49(4), 274-284

Migliore, A., Hall, A.C., Butterworth, J., & Winsor, J. (2010). What do employment specialists really do? A study on job development practices. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 35(1-2).

Winsor, J., & Butterworth, J. (2008). Participation in integrated employment and community-based non work services for individuals supported by state disability agencies. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46(2), 166-168.

Hall, A.C., Butterworth, J., Winsor, J., Gilmore, D., & Metzel, D. (2007). Pushing the Employment Agenda: Case Study Research of High Performing States in Integrated Employment. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 45(3), 182-198.x

Inge, K. J., Wehman, P., Revell, G., Erickson, D., Butterworth, J., & Gilmore, D. S. (2009). Survey results from a national survey of community rehabilitation providers holding special wage certificates. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 30(2), 67-85.

Winsor, J., & Butterworth, J. (2008). Participation in integrated employment and community-based non work services for individuals supported by state disability agencies. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46(2), 166-168.

Boeltzig, H., Timmons, J.C. & Butterworth, J. (2008). Entering Work: Employment Outcomes of People with Developmental Disabilities. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 31(3), 217-223.

Migliore, A. & Butterworth, J. (2008). Trends in outcomes of Vocational Rehabilitation Services serving adults with Developmental Disabilities: 1995-2005. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 52(1), 35-44.

Sulewski, J.S., Butterworth, J., & Gilmore, D.S. (2008). Community-Based Non- Work Supports: Findings from the National Survey of Day and Employment Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46(6), 456-467.

Butterworth, J., & Boeltzig, H. (2008). Supporting employment and personal choices: A response to Weikle. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46(1), 61-63.

Hall, A.C., Butterworth, J., Winsor, J., Gilmore, D., & Metzel, D. (2007). Pushing the Employment Agenda: Case Study Research of High Performing States in Integrated Employment. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 45(3), 182-198.

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