Disability Employment Specialist, Kessler Foundation's Putting Faith to Work Grant, TennesseeWorks Partnership
Staff - UCEDD
Overview of Interests
Janet Shouse is working with faith communities to address employment needs of their members with disabilities and to assist congregations that currently have employment programs to be able to better assist those with disabilities.
She is also part of the TennesseeWorks Partnership, which has one goal: to increase the number of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are employed in the state. We are working to ensure every young person with a disability can find a good job, with good pay, that brings real satisfaction, and makes a real difference.
Shouse served as program coordinator for the IDD Toolkit, www.iddtoolkit.org, a website to help primary care physicians and nurses provide better care to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and she also served as a parent mentor in the Parent Stress Intervention Project, which taught parents of children with disabilities new ways to deal with the increased stresses they face.
For many years, she was a copy editor for The Tennessean. She served for 10 years as a volunteer "county contact" for what is now Autism Tennessee and led a support group for parents of children with autism. Janet is the parent of three children, including a young adult son with autism.