Employment of persons with developmental disabilities

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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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Timothy Vogus, Ph.D.
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management; Deputy Director, Organizational Research and Interventions, Vanderbilt Initiative for Autism, Innovation, & the Workforce (AIW)

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