ICI publications by Susan Foley

Press Release: Participants of the Learning Collaborative on Vocational Rehabilitation Management

The Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) on VR Program Management is pleased to announce the participants of the 2013-2014 Learning Collaborative. This is the second cohort of VR agencies to join the Learning Collaborative on VR Program Management. (2/2013)

Press Release: ICI Wins New Research Grant

The ICI and our partners will carry out three major research studies about improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) responsiveness to employer needs. We will examine the role of VR in retention of older workers, hiring processes for young workers, and supporting remote workers. (12/2012)

Employment Services and Outcomes of People Receiving Welfare Benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Poverty programs have undergone substantial reform in the past decade, and there has been a heightened interest in exploring the experiences of people with disabilities who receive welfare benefits. This report profiles people with disabilities who had TANF, GA, or both at application to VR services and completed these services in the year 2003. (8/2005)

Diabetes and Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Services and Outcomes

Approximately 18 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. This brief uses Rehabilitation Services Administration data to provide a picture of people with diabetes using the Vocational Rehabilitation system. (6/2005)

From Paper to Action: State-Level Interagency Agreements for Supported Employment of People with Disabilities

The second of three studies conducted that investigated the extent and role of interagency agreements between state agencies that fund and provide supported employment supports and services for people with significant disabilities. (12/2002)

A Common Path: Navigating Your Way to Successful Negotiations in the Workplace

Asking for job accommodations can feel intimidating, especially if an individual has decided not to disclose his or her disability. The good news is that this negotiation can be, in fact, rewarding and empowering. The Working It Out Together project asked experts for tactics to create win-win situations. (10/2002)

Developing Interagency Agreements: Four Questions to Consider

Recent legislation emphasizes collaboration between state agencies. A good interagency agreement is one tool that can assist collaboration and promote systems change. Researchers offer four important considerations for an effective agreement and a worksheet for agency personnel. (12/2001)

Advancing Parent-Professional Leadership: Effective Strategies for Building the Capacity of Parent Advisory Councils in Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, last amended in 2004 (IDEA 2004), encourages parents and educators to work collaboratively, emphasizing that as a team they are uniquely suited to make decisions that help improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children with disabilities. The Advancing Parent-Professional Leadership in Education (APPLE) Project was funded to develop the leadership skills of parents individually and within their communities. The project took place in Massachusetts, where school districts are required to have a special education parent advisory council (SEPAC). (4/2009)

Comparison of VR Outcomes for Clients with Mental Illness across System Indicators

Issue 47 Research to Practice (12/2008)

State Agency Systems Collaboration at the Local Level: Gluing the Puzzle Together, The Staff Perspective

Some states acknowledge the benefits of interagency collaboration but have trouble putting it into action. ICI researchers worked with local offices to help them improve the One-Stop Career Center network for people with disabilities. This brief gives an "in the trenches" view of tools that worked. (7/2004)

Medicaid Involvement in Employment-Related Programs- Findings from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities

This brief analyzes data from ICI's National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities regarding the priority Medicaid agencies place on employment and their involvement in recent policy initiatives. (3/2003)

Collaboration Between Medicaid and Other State Agencies- Findings from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities

Many state Medicaid agencies are playing a greater role in multi-agency efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. This brief uses data from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities to explore the varieties of collaboration Medicaid agencies are using and the agencies they are collaborating with. (12/2002)

Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Helping People With Psychiatric Disabilities Get Employed: How Far Have We Come? How Far Do We Have to Go?


Case Studies of Emerging/ Innovative Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices in Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities

Case Studies of Promising Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation (4/2013)

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities