Program Coordinator, IDD Toolkit, and Disability Employment Specialist, TennesseeWorks Partnership
Staff - UCEDD
Overview of Interests
Janet Shouse is the program coordinator for the IDD Toolkit, an online resource for medical professionals to better serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also coordinates live videoconferences to help build capacity of primary care providers feel comfortable treating individuals with IDD.
She is also part of the TennesseeWorks Partnership, which has one goal: to improve the employment landscape for people with disabilities in Tennessee. 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. She writes a regular blog, “Rise to Work,” that focuses on issues related to disability and employment.
From 2010-2013, Shouse 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.