• Research Associate
  • PhD, MSW, LGSW
Email
knye@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-626-7322
Address
Inst on Community Integration
Room 214A PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Kelly Nye-Lengerman, PhD, is a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI). Kelly's work is focused on making public policies and systems work for people through research, training, technical assistance and advocacy. Her work supports the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in community life. Some of Kelly's current research projects include Promoting Readiness in Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) TA Center, Think Work, Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) initiatives, and the College of Direct Support (CDS). She is also involved in a number of other community and research projects as part of the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) focused on workforce development, person centered practices, and evaluation.

Kelly speaks nationally at conferences and events promoting a vision of inclusion and community for all citizens, and has published a number of journal articles, technical reports, and book chapters. She is the co-author of a soon to be published book titled: Community for All: Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental. Recently, Kelly served as an expert witness and testified before the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging on "Supporting economic stability and self-sufficiency as Americans with disabilities and their families as they age."

Kelly has extensive experience in program and workforce development, employment services and supports, and program evaluation. Kelly has broad range of professional experience working for disability provider organizations in both community and facility based employment programs. Her interests include inclusive employment practices and policy, interdisciplinary collaborations, early screening and identification disabilities, poverty, and Autism. Kelly is the past president of the MN Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and currently serves as the Treasurer. She also recently joined the National APSE Board of Directors. Kelly is involved with the MN Employment First Coalition, and MN Employment Learning Community. She is also a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) in Minnesota.

Kelly received her PhD and MSW from the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work. Her dissertation focused on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) service usage and employment outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Kelly is a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities. In 2016, Kelly was the recipient of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) young professional award and APSE's "Got Mike" Educational Leadership Award.

Projects

Project

Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project [Archived]

Studies the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) among children in Minneapolis to determine whether children of Somali descent have higher rates of ASD than non-Somali children. The…
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MN Act Early Ambassador

Develops and expands on the Institute's Act Early work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Act Early is building a national network of agencies, organizations, and professionals…
Project

DirectCourse

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.…
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PROMISE Technical Assistance Center

Implements and completes the evaluation activities for the AUCD PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) Technical Assistance Center, including evaluation…
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"Learn the Signs, Act Early" Outreach Work

Develops and expands on the MN Help Me Grow and the Institute's Act Early work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Act Early is building a national network of agencies,…
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ThinkWork: Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment with 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…
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State Systems Grant: Minnesota Act Early

Promotes early screening and identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse communities through focused outreach of the Learn the Signs, Act Early…
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Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2016-18) [Archived]

Builds upon the earlier work of Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2008-2009), expanding and developing knowledge of disability services and supports across academic, provider, and…
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ICI Engaged Department Grant Program [Archived]

Creates an infrastructure to grow and develop ongoing community engagement, and to facilitate new initiatives and promote engaged learning on community based action research. In doing so, ICI hopes…
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Waiver Reimagine

Conducts focus groups among stakeholders in Minnesota about Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and disparities among underrepresented groups in HCBS. The resulting information will lead to…
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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…
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Review of Effective Measures, Instruments and Programs for Research on Inclusion, Self-Determination and Well-Being of Persons With Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) [Archived]

Assessed current measures and instruments on participation and community living. It provided comprehensive identification, review, and assessment measures related to participation and community…
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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…
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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

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…
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Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2008-2009) [Archived]

Provided advanced leadership training in disability advocacy, policy, and services for a delegation of nine government officials, missionaries, educators, and advocates from Zambia in southern…
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Minnesota Employment, Training, and Technical Assistance Project (MN TAP)

This is a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services designed to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. As part of the project, the Institute for Community…

Products

LEND Brief: Delivery of Education Services to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A brief focusing on issues and practices in the delivery of education services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The articles in this issue address a federally-funded training…Published: Winter 2012

Policy Research Brief: Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability

A brief aiming to provide policy makers, advocates, and researchers a tool to better understand the pervasiveness of poverty affecting people with disabilities, both locally and across the nation.…Published: October 2014

Policy Research Brief: Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention

A brief investigating poverty and disability. The second in a series, the purpose of this brief is to provide an in-depth national and state understanding about poverty and disability by...

Published: February 2015

LEND Brief: ASD and Culture

An issue providing information about how diverse communities view, understand, and experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. A growing body of research in…Published: Spring 2015

LEND Webinars: Building Connections with Somali Families: Culturally Competent Approaches to Child Development and Disability

A Webinar presenting culturally specific and relevant strategies for professionals working with Somali families with young children. Comprised of two videos and three sets of PowerPoint slides, the...

Published: June 25, 2015

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: I Choose Employment (#1)

A video designed to raise expectations for full workforce participation - that work can be a reality for anyone. The target audiences are self-advocates and families.Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: Employment Policy: How Does That Work? (#2)

A video following a question-and-answer format, in plain and simple language from self-advocates and policy staff about changes in employment policy and services. The target audiences are...

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: Using the Language of Raised Expectations (#3)

A video emphasizing the power of words, especially when they relate to how employment is defined, addressed, and communicated. The target audiences are self-advocates, parents, educators,...

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: Work is Worth the Risk: Balancing Opportunity and Safety (#4)

A video acknowledging that balancing health and safety with successful employment activities is not always easy. Incorporating accommodations and customizing work tasks and settings is critical in...

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: Building Informal and Natural Supports for Community Living and Employment (#5)

A video looking outside the "system" to leverage friends, family, and community members to build natural supports. The target audiences are individuals, families, provider agency managers, job…Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: The Power of Positive Introductions: Connecting with Employers Using Person Centered Thinking Tools (#6)

A video using the tools of Person Centered Thinking to introduce the organization and job seekers. The target audiences are employment consultants and specialists, job coaches, provider agency...

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: Organizational Investment in Job Development: Making the Business Connection (#7)

A video moving beyond want ads and incorporating best practices in job development. The target audiences are employment consultants and specialists, job coaches, provider agency managers, county…Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: Using Data to Understand and Plan for Employment Outcomes (#8)

A video using data to evaluate program outcomes. The target audiences are provider agency managers and directors, county case managers, employment consultants or specialists, and job developers.

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: System Transformation One Person at a Time: Moving Towards Models of Community Based Employment (#9)

A video showing how to start the conversation about employment coming from the presumption of employability. The presenters are from the State of Minnesota and Dakota County. The target audiences…Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Videos and Webinars: A Working Life: Opportunities and Challenges (#10)

A video exploring how employment paves a pathway to community living, engagement, and independence. The target audiences are individuals, families, managers, direct support professionals, and…Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Fact Sheets: Choosing Community-Based Employment

A fact sheet presenting the basic ideas, next steps, and resources useful for people with disabilities who choose community-based employment.

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Fact Sheets: Use Your "Network" in Your Job Search

A fact sheet presenting the basic ideas, next steps, and resources useful for people with disabilities who want to use networking in their job search.

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Fact Sheets: Be a "Positive" Job Seeker

A fact sheet presenting the basic ideas, next steps, and resources useful for people with disabilities who aim to be a "positive" job seeker.

Published: 2016

Make Work a Part of the Plan Fact Sheets: Everyone has "Supports" at Work

A fact sheet presenting the basic ideas, next steps, and resources useful for people with disabilities who want to find support at work to help them succeed on the job.

Published: 2016

Policy Research Brief: Employment First: An Update on National Progress

A brief providing a progress update on the Employment First field. Employment First identifies employment as the preferred outcome for people with disabilities and encourages those supporting…Published: 2018

NCEO Brief: Suggestions for Aligning Alternate Achievement Standards with WIOA (#16)

This Brief provides information on alternate achievement standards and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, and makes several suggestions about ways to show that a student…Published: January 2019

Exploring the role of prevocational services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Medicaid HCBS waivers

BACKGROUND:Day and employment services provided by state intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) agencies, with funding from Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), have shown…Published: 2018-08-04

Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Published by the American Association Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), this book is an exploration of how to create the ideal conditions to facilitate community living and…Published: 2019

Economic and programmatic indicators explain vocational rehabilitation employment rates of persons with cognitive disabilities

This national study investigated state economic health and state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for persons with cognitive disabilities. Using 2004 to 2010 extant data from the…Published: 2013

Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency: 2015 National Goals for Research, Policy, and Practice

Employment in general workforce and economic self-sufficiency continue to be the exceptions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), rather than the norm. Research,…Published: 2015-12-01

Changing the message: Employment as a means out of poverty

Poverty is deep-rooted issue that has challenged society throughout history. It is a complex and multilayered problem that requires a reflexive look at inequity across social, cultural, economic,…Published: 2016

Employment in the Community for People with and without Autism: A Comparative Analysis

Employment in the community continues to be a major barrier for many people with disabilities in the United States. Analyzing the 2008–09 National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey, this study…Published: 2016-01-19

Topics

  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
      • Person-centered planning and practices
        • Social inclusion
        • Culture and diversity
          • Cultural competence
            • International initiatives
            • Direct support workforce
              • Human resources and management
                • Supervision and mentoring
                  • Training
                    • Workforce development strategies
                    • Employment and postsecondary education
                      • Accommodations and supports
                        • Assistive/adaptive technology
                          • Customized employment
                            • Day training and habilitation
                              • Employment and workforce development
                                • Supported employment
                                  • Vocational rehabilitation
                                    • Work-based learning
                                    • Specific disability
                                      • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                                        • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                        • Specific life stage
                                          • Adolescents and young adults
                                            • Adults

                                            Activities

                                            • Dissemination
                                              • Evaluation
                                                • Outreach
                                                  • Research
                                                    • Technical assistance