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Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Volume 25 Number 1 Winter/Spring 2012
From the Editors
In the United States we are in the midst of a national conversation about employment. That conversation includes discussion of employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their changing role in the American workforce. Historically, people with disabilities have often participated in very narrowly defined types of employment. There have frequently been low expectations about what they can contribute as workers. But, today self-advocates and their allies are leading a transformation in thinking about how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can do productive, valued work in their communities. This issue of Impact has been prepared to provide a snapshot of some of the strategies and personal stories that embody that transformation. Written primarily for vocational service providers, employers, secondary and postsecondary educators, and families of individuals with disabilities, this issue explores some of the innovative thinking and resources that are providing expanded employment options for people with disabilities, including employment in some of the promising areas for job growth nationally. And it offers some of the success stories of people taking new paths. It is our hope that this issue will spark even more conversations, and more creative thinking, among its readers about opportunities for supporting new career paths for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our country.
Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord
Cary Griffin, Griffin-Hammis Associates, Florence, Montana
Laura Owens, APSE, Rockville, Maryland
Kelly Roberts, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu
Derek Nord, Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living and Employment (RTC), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0654 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), US Department of Health and Human Services to the Institute; and Grant #H133B080005 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education, to the RTC.
The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, Center or University. The content does not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education or the US Department of Health and Human Services, and endorsement by the Federal Government should not be assumed.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/251). Citation: Griffin, C., Owens, L., Roberts, K., Nord, D., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Winter/Spring 2012). Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 25(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator.