Employment of persons with developmental disabilities

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Coalition forms to focus on employment for persons with disabilities
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) will convene an Employment First Task Force to focus on employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day

Vanderbilt employees needed for annual disAbility Mentoring Day Oct. 16
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center staffers are seeking Vanderbilt employees who are willing to mentor an individual with disabilities through job shadowing on disAbility Mentoring Day 2013, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2013.

I'm Thinking College (Even With My Disability)

Students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in a postsecondary education program in Tennessee talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs. Developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities (tnpsealliance.org) and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Jobs for Life aims to connect people with disabilities to work opportunities
Jobs for Life aims to connect people with disabilities to work opportunities

Disability Mentoring Day '14 educates, creates potential opportunities
Disability Mentoring Day '14 educates, creates potential opportunities

VKC faculty serve as guest editors for TASH publication focusing on meaningful employment
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Erik Carter, Ph.D., and Elise McMillan, J.D., served as guest editors of the Spring 2014 issue of Connections: Pathways to Meaningful Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Significant Disabilities.

Expect employment for people with disabilities
In June 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed Executive Order No. 28 establishing state support for the Employment First initiative and directing the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) to convene the Employment First Task Force. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty and staff were among a group of key stakeholders charged with identifying the barriers to employment that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities typically face in Tennessee and with developing recommendations for eliminating those barriers.

Think Employment Summit focuses on raising expectations, opportunities, and self-advocacy
The TennesseeWorks Think Employment Summit brought together over 200 students with disabilities, family members, employers, service providers, and partners in state government to focus on improving employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.

TennesseeWorks takes employment questions to the public via Community Conversations
The TennesseeWorks Partnership is dedicated to discovering best practices and promoting gainful employment for individuals with disabilities. They are taking their mission to the streets by way of Community Conversations across Tennessee.

Think Employment! Summit builds student and community engagement
The 2015 TennesseeWorks Think Employment! Summit brought together more than 280 students with disabilities, family members, employers, service providers, and partners in state government for a 1-day conference, Sept. 16, focused on expanding employment opportunities for Tennesseans with disabilities.

Next Steps at Vanderbilt takes huge leap forward, thanks to federal grants
The quality, impact, and reach of Next Steps at Vanderbilt will be expanded thanks to a 5-year, $1.93 million grant to Peabody College awarded by the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

VKC shares research and best practices with Tennessee policy makers
The Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities plays a pivotal educational role as it partners with disability organizations, state officials, and committees to advance disability public policy in Tennessee.

TennesseeWorks partners collaborate on initiatives to transform employment landscape for people with disabilities
TennesseeWorks, a statewide partnership of agencies and organizations committed to improving employment outcomes for Tennesseans with disabilities, is collaborating with key partners on several initiatives and activities.

Erik Carter was expert speaker at Congressional briefing
Changing post-school pathways of youth and young adults with severe disabilities was the focus of Erik Carter’s presentation at a Congressional briefing, March 4, 2016, sponsored by the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (FIES).

Summit focuses on changing employment landscape for Tennesseans with disabilities
With the goal of sharing best practices and building community partnerships in order to improve employment outcomes for Tennesseans with disabilities, the TennesseeWorks Partnership is bringing together families, policymakers, service providers, employers, educators, and self-advocates for a one-day conference. This year’s Think Employment! Summit will be the fourth annual Employment Summit sponsored by the partnership, a systems change project funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

VKC impacting key policy changes for people with IDD and their families
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD), alongside Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network partners (Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, University of Tennessee Boling Center, and Disability Rights Tennessee), provided self-advocates and stakeholders the opportunity to offer input into the implementation of the new Employment and Community First CHOICES Medicaid program through a series of focus groups held prior to the July 1 start date.

What’s next after high school? “Voices of parents”
Since it’s known that parental expectations influence what students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) do after high school, a VKC research study examined parents’ expectations, preferences, and concerns related to employment.

Register to participate in Oct. 19's disAbility Mentoring Day
Register to participate in Oct. 19's disAbility Mentoring Day

Public Policy Update: VKC educates to advocate on employment, aging caregivers, and expansion of the STEP UP Scholarship
Highlights of 2016 educational advocacy efforts include the presentation of the Expect Employment report to Governor Haslam, lowering the age of primary caregiver eligibility for DIDD waivers from 80 to 75, and expanding TN STEP UP scholarships for 4-year college programs.

Putting faith and jobseekers with disabilities to work
A new manual outlines how faith communities can support members with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment. The manual was developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and its partners in the Putting Faith to Work project, which include University Centers for Excellence who make up the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability.

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Erik Carter, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Special Education

Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D.
StudyFinder Coordinator, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B
Associate Director of Adult Community Services, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine

Elise McMillan, J.D.
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy
Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

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