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Jennifer Bose

Research Data Coordinator

B.A., Wellesley College
M.A., Boston College

Jennifer Bose, a Research Data Coordinator at the Institute for Community Inclusion, has assisted with many projects, particularly those related to the employment of people with disabilities or the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. At every stage of the research process, from working on a grant proposal to editing publications and presenting findings, she appreciates contributing to a growing body of knowledge that may facilitate the integration of people with and without disabilities into all aspects of life. Currently, a major focus of her work is the “Real People, Real Jobs” project, highlighting the use of promising practices to help individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities achieve successful employment outcomes. For more information about this project, visit www.realworkstories.org.

ICI publications by Jennifer Bose

New Hampshire: Translating Research into a Position Statement About Integrated Employment

New Hampshire's Bureau of Developmental Services, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, other state and local service providers, advocates, and families are committed to increasing the employment rate and the quality of employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities. These stakeholders met to craft an employment position statement. They framed their discussions according to factors that research has found to be common to "high-performing" states in providing integrated employment opportunities. Then they developed an employment position statement that satisfied all the groups involved, and communicated their shared belief in the importance of integrated employment as a means toward community inclusion. (5/2011)

Oregon's Employment Support Website: Communicating the Employment First Policy

In 2009, the state of Oregon adopted its Employment First policy. When Oregon's Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) decided to promote the implementation of this policy, it began by updating its existing employment website. The redesigned website (http:// www.dhs.state.or.us/dd/supp_emp/) emphasizes the value of integrated employment over other outcomes, and the importance of building community-wide conversations, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for people with developmental disabilities. The website shares the value of integrated employment with all targeted audiences by highlighting resources and illustrating employment successes. It was also designed to share information on the Oregon's progress and concrete tools to help site users implement employment at the individual job seeker level. The website's new design makes it easy for visitors to find the information they need, and clearly shows DDS's commitment to Employment First. (1/2011)

Maryland: Collaborating to Promote Self-Employment for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Self-employment has emerged as a viable option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). To meet increased self-employment demands, Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), in collaboration with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), adapted services offered through the Reach Independence through Self Employment (RISE) program. The RISE program, funded by DORS, provides technical assistance and financial support to people starting their own businesses. DDA's role in this self-employment initiative has helped people with IDD start a wide variety of businesses and achieve meaningful employment. (10/2010)

Massachusetts: Using a Collaborative, Person-Centered Planning Approach to Facilitate Community Employment

The Northeast Region Supported Employment Project was developed by the North Shore area office of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in 2007. This pilot program, open to any individual with ID/DD who wanted to work, used a person-centered planning approach to achieving individuals’ goals for employment in the community. The project emphasized each individual’s choice of employment providers, collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), and use of an independent facilitator to support career and life planning. The project was spearheaded by two DDS administrators, dedicated to communicating the value of community-based employment to the Department. (1/2010)

Pennsylvania’s Employment Newsletter: A Communication Strategy to Promote Employment

The State of Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) created a monthly newsletter called The Employment Update, which covers state- and nationwide news about the employment of people with disabilities, including intellectual/developmental disabilities. The Employment Update is sent via email to state agency contacts and a large stakeholder community, including individuals with disabilities, service providers, state associations, employers, advocacy groups, family members, representatives from academia and others.


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