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Supporting Employment Choices: Lessons Learned - Part II

From: The Job Training and Placement Report, December 2010, Volume 34, No.12


Little is known about the factors that influence employment-related choice-making for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

As a result, research staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion interviewed 16 individuals with IDD at four community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) throughout Massachusetts, along with their family members and employment professionals.

Part one of this two-part article presented major findings from this important study. The conclusion of this article focuses on practical recommendations to better engage families, work with schools, build skills, and support self-determination.

For engaging families:
For working with schools:
For improving the skills of employment support professionals:
For supporting self-determination:

Throughout their lives, people with IDD interact with people and factors that influence their employment choices. Successful employment planning must take into account the roles these players can have in shaping individuals’ perspective on employment and in supporting the employment process.

This is a publication of Access to Integrated Employment, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass 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 manuscript are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the funders.

For more detailed information about the “Choosing Employment” study, contact Jennifer Bose at 617-287-4353 or email Jennifer.Bose@umb.edu.

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