Why Does Community Employment Matter?

“I feel more independent now that I’m making my own money." -Jared


Our core belief about employment is that everyone has the right to, and can, work in the community, regardless of disability type and severity.

We all want jobs where our skills and strengths are recognized and valued. We work to earn money, connect with others, and build a life we desire. Why should people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) be any different?

When we talk about employment, we mean a person with IDD working at an individual job in a local business, earning the prevailing wage for that position or industry, alongside peers without disabilities.

Research shows that many individuals with disabilities want to work in their community. And many do!

Jared is a full-time benefited employee at a cable assembly plant.


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Systematic Instruction Online Series

Februay 1, March 1, and March 21

This three-part series will provide an overview of a set of teaching strategies collectively referred to as “systematic instruction” (SI). If you need additional skills in conducting a thorough job analysis, understanding how individuals you support learn best, and utilizing research based strategies to successfully teach job tasks then this series is perfect for you. The series is offered at no cost and open to the public. Register now.

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