ThinkWork: Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment with IDD

Description

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 job seekers' support needs, culture, and personal and economic resources. The project will also implement a scalable, cost-effective intervention for improving employment outcomes through consistent delivery of effective practice using online training, data-based performance feedback, and facilitated peer-to-peer support.

Research suggests that employment professionals who assist IDD do not consistently implement promising or evidence-based practices. Moreover, the evidence base for practices is often fragmented, and does not provide clear guidance to employment consultants about decisions regarding strategies and approaches that account for job seekers' individual support needs. The project uses mixed-method research that includes a qualitative study and a randomized controlled trial.

Contact
Amy L Gunty
Subcontract from
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston
Funder
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
Collaborators
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

Staff

Amy L Gunty :: Researcher


Product

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Getting to Know Job Seekers

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on getting to know job seekers with disabilities. This step is one of the five elements of…

Published: 2020-02-01

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Supports Planning

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to plan supports for job seekers with disabilities. Supports planning is one of the…

Published: 5/7/2020

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Finding Tasks and Jobs

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to find tasks and jobs for job seekers with disabilities. Finding tasks and jobs is...

Published: 5/7/2020

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Building Trust

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to build trust with job seekers with disabilities (and their families). Building trust…

Published: 2020-01-01

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Support After Hire

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to support employees with disabilities after hire. Support after hire is one of the…

Published: 5/7/2020

Topics

  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
    • Employment and postsecondary education
      • Employment and workforce development
        • Supported employment
          • Work-based learning
          • Specific disability
            • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
            • Specific life stage
              • Adolescents and young adults
                • Adults

                Activities

                • Research
                  • Technical assistance