Employment and workforce development
Employment and workforce development of people with disabilities, as addressed by the Institute, is best achieved through helping job seekers obtain a quality education, training, job recruitment, and job placement.
The following Institute products, projects, and/or staff address this topic.
Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults....
DSP Workforce Development Program [Archived]
Provided state-of-the-art resources to help people with disabilities and their families find and retain quality Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Specifically, the program updated and marketed...
Provides a school-based mentoring program that uses e-mail and face-to-face meetings to connect high school students to employees from the local business community. The purpose of the program is to...
Effects of Competency-Based Training for Direct Support Professionals on Organizations, Learners, and Service Recipients [Archived]
Uses a standardized competency-based training program to assess the extent to which training directly linked to validated skills and knowledge needed by Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) affects...
Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects
Conducts research, training and technical assistance activities that enhance Minnesota's capacity to support community living for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. Primary areas...
Moving Mountains Case Study Synthesis [Archived]
Compiled, organized, thematically analyzed, and standardized each of the 17 individual case studies of Moving Mountains recipients. Qualitatively, the case studies were analyzed by theme to...
Multi-Site Study of Employment Interventions [Archived]
Assessed the relationship between employment customization strategies and vocational outcomes. It also validated a training and mentorship approach for improving the skills of Direct Support...
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) [ICI center]
Focuses on improved access and success for students with disabilities in secondary and postsecondary education, as well as employment, independent living, and community participation. Activities...
National Core Indicators Field Initiated Projects Program: Advance Exploration of Factors Affecting Quality of Life Outcomes of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Uses the data sets from the National Core Indicators (NCI) Program with the expertise of the project team to advance disability and rehabilitation research and disseminate and translate results...
National Core Indicators Multi-State Study of Service Outcomes and Their Predictors [Archived]
Analyzes data from 25 states and 4 sub-state regions on more than 12,000 randomly sampled individuals with developmental disabilities to examine lifestyles and service outcomes, and individual...
Profiles of Transformation Case Studies
Conducts six annual case studies of exemplary initiatives in transformation of community living or employment supports, and two annual case studies of exemplary Direct Support Professional...
Reinventing Quality: A Biennial Conference on Person-Centered Supports
Showcases best practices in person-centered supports from across the nation. This conference is held every two years. The next event will be in 2018.
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) [ICI center]
Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is...
ThinkWork: Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for IDD
Defines an evidence-based integrated model for employment support of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that incorporates research and practice on effective practices and includes...
Transition from School to Work for Minnesota's Youth With Disabilities: An Oral History [Archived]
Conducted and transcribed eight interviews with persons who were involved in developing and implementing policies during the 1980s and '90s that helped reduce the unemployment rate among youth with...
U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Project: Developing Systems to Support the Employment and Community Inclusion of Young Adults with Disabilities
Creates virtual and in-person platforms for dialogues between professionals and parents who support young adults with disabilities in Russia and the U.S. The goal is to develop opportunities and...