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Work is Worth the Risk: Balancing Opportunity and Safety (#4) (2016)

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 reducing risk for the employee and for the employer. The target audiences are self-advocates, parents, educators, providers, Direct Support staff, county case managers, and assessors. (Publication Date: March 02, 2016)

Staff: Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW, Jerry W Smith

Employment First Across the Nation: Progress on the Policy Front (March 2014)

A brief presenting Employment First across the nation through an array of online, interactive visual features that allow users to investigate the various Employment First policy approaches that states have implemented over the last decade. Employment First policies are spreading across the country as a mechanism to improve employment support systems and outcomes for people with disabilities. This new *Policy Research Brief* connects readers with the actual policies in states and additional resources to advance employment of people with disabilities. (Publication Date: March 01, 2014)

Collaborators: Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst

State of the Science: Theories, Concepts, and Evidence Guiding Policy and Practice in Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual Disabilities (2013)

A set of online video presentations from the July 2012 conference, State of the Science: Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Experts in their fields discuss the most influential theories, principles, and "big ideas" that shape policy and practices in community supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities around 9 topical areas: 1. Community participation and social inclusion 2. Employment and economic self-sufficiency 3. Family support 4. Health and wellness 5. Methodological issues 6. Outcome data 7. Predictors of outcomes 8. Quality of life indicators 9. Self-determination The videos also include discussions by self-advocates and other stakeholders on many of the topics. (Publication Date: June 03, 2013)

Staff: Kristin Dean, Shawn C Lawler, Jerry W Smith

Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Winter/Spring 2012)

A newsletter issue exploring 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. (Publication Date: June 01, 2012)

Staff: Vicki D Gaylord

Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities (Summer/Fall 2008)

A newsletter issue that encourages readers to hold an expansive vision of what's possible for women with disabilities in the employment arena, and offers strategies, resources, and inspiration to realize that vision. The articles in it respond to the question, "Why is work important to women with disabilities?" and it offers many answers. According to the women with disabilities whose stories are shared here, feeling successful and important, earning money, being independent, having a reason to get up in the morning, making a meaningful difference in the lives of others, learning new things, following a sense of calling, and achieving goals are all reasons that work is important to them. At the same time, it is also true that fewer women with disabilities participate in the workforce than men with disabilities or women without disabilities. All the reasons for this difference are not entirely clear. One of the things we do know is that the expectations that people have of women with disabilities play a role in their participation in the workforce. We also know that awareness of a range of employment strategies and options on the part of professionals opens up possibilities that may otherwise be overlooked. And we know that having role models and mentors makes all the difference in the world for girls and women with disabilities as they think about what they want to do with their adult lives. Because having meaningful, valued work is such an important part of life, this *Impact* issue seeks to provide a fresh look at the topic from multiple perspectives. (Publication Date: December 01, 2008)

Staff: Vicki D Gaylord

Quality Mall (2004 - Present)

An interactive database providing an online clearinghouse of over 3,500 resources from around the country related to person-centered services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, it covers a wide variety of topical areas related to community participation and inclusion, and quality of life. Quality Mall is managed by the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living. (Publication Date: January 01, 2004)

Staff: Claire Cunningham, Angela N Amado, Julie E Kramme, John G Smith