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Training and Technical Assistance to Providers (T-TAP)

In the past, community rehabilitation providers have often focused on creating employment opportunities for customers with disabilities by opening agency-run workplaces that contract work from community businesses (mail houses, assembly, etc.). These workplaces, called "sheltered workshops," generally employ only people with disabilities, and pay based on a piece rate. Research from ICI and other institutes has shown that people with disabilities earn more money, have better benefits, and expanded social opportunities by working at jobs in the community, in standard workplaces, alongside people with and without disabilities. However, many providers find it challenging to make the transition from running their own workplaces (with or without accompanying community work options) to finding people jobs in the community.

T-TAP is a national training and technical assistance center to help community rehabilitation providers make the transition from providing segregated employment services to finding people with disabilities jobs in the community. The specific target audience is employment agencies that hold 14(c) subminimum wage certificates, which allow employers to pay people less than minimum wage and are typically used in the disability field to pay workers piece rates at sheltered workshops. Activities include online courses, satellite telecasts, regional employment forums, intensive consultation to selected agencies, and policy research. The Institute for Community Inclusion and Virginia Commonwealth University work in partnership on this project.

T-TAP is funded from 2002 to 2007 by the Office of Disability and Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Visit the T-TAP website.

Project Director: John Butterworth

Project publications

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities