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Trends in Supported Employment: The Experiences of 94 Community Rehabilitation Service Providers from 1986 - 1991

Research to Practice 4

A follow-back study (data from 1986 and 1991) examined service patterns of community rehabilitation providers for supported employment, competitive employment, and sheltered workshops.

Building Community Connections: Designing a Future That Works


This networking training manual outlines a curriculum that teaches individuals with disabilities to use their contacts in a job search. Topics covered include tapping the hidden job market, using networks to find a job and develop careers, creating a mutually beneficial relationship with potential employers, dealing with disclosure, and working with service providers.

Facilitating Workplace Supports


Illustrates strategies to increase the involvement of family, friends, and coworkers in providing workplace support to individuals with disabilities across four major stages of the employment experience: the job search, job design, learning the job, and connecting to workplace culture.

Utilizing All Your Resources: Individuals with and Without Disabilities Volunteering Together

Resource Guide 1

This manual discusses strategies for enabling individuals with and without disabilities to volunteer together in their communities for fun and civic service. Topics covered include recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers; handling challenges; and managing liability.

More Like a Dance: Whole Life Planning for People with Disabilities


A useful reference on using person-centered planning to assist young adults in making the transition from school to adulthood. This system emphasizes the involvement of family, friends, and community members, with the student driving the process. The video shows the whole life planning process in action by depicting key aspects of the process and the experiences of three students.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities