Employment and workforce development

Products

System Transformation One Person at a Time: Moving Towards Models of Community Based Employment (#9) (2016)

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 are provider agency managers and directors, county case managers, employment consultants or specialists, and job developers. (Publication Date: May 31, 2016)

Staff: Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW, Jerry W Smith

I Choose Employment (#1) (2016)

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. (Publication Date: March 02, 2016)

Staff: Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW, Jerry W Smith

Employment Policy: How Does That Work? (#2) (2016)

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 self-advocates and families. (Publication Date: March 02, 2016)

Staff: Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW, Jerry W Smith

Using the Language of Raised Expectations (#3) (2016)

A video emphasizing the power of words, especially where they relate to how employment is defined, addressed, and communicated. 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

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 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (2016)

A pair of videos and an [accompanying brief](http://rtc.umn.edu/nationalgoals/docs/Employment_and_Economic_Self-Sufficiency_for_People_with_IDD.pdf) outlining employment in the general workforce and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and a self-advocate both provide short presentations. (Publication Date: March 01, 2016)

Staff: Jerry W Smith

Workforce for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (2016)

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining the need for a better match between the growing demand for a qualified workforce and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who seek work. A researcher and a self-advocate both provide short presentations. (Publication Date: March 01, 2016)

Staff: Jerry W Smith

Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention (February 2015)

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 investigating how people with disabilities in poverty fare in the labor force and employment, compared to those without disabilities. Using an array of online, interactive visual features, it also provides a series of state-specific infographic tools that can be used in advocacy and educational efforts. (Publication Date: February 17, 2015)

Staff: Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW

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

A Review of Commonly-Used State Employment Measures in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (December 2012)

A brief summarizing publicly-available data sources that provide information about the employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides important information about these data sources, including their purposes, key definitions, and where to access the public data. Using these data sources, a state-by-state comparison of employment outcomes is conducted to provide readers with a picture of the employment landscape for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Finally, a discussion about how the data can be used, and the limitations of the data, is provided. The analysis was conducted at the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC). It reviews data gathered in 2010 and 2011. (Publication Date: December 12, 2012)

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

Employment Supports (2010)

A newsletter issue highlighting the roles Direct Support Professionals play in supporting people with disabilities to find and keep satisfying employment. (Publication Date: January 01, 2010)

Staff: Amy S Hewitt

Collaborators: National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

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