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Partnerships in Employment (PIE) States

The YES! Center works closely with PIE states to develop customized plans for each state to ensure improved employment outcomes, working toward the goal to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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“I know I should be thinking about the future, but frankly the prospect of her being employed scares me. She’s very vulnerable. You’ll have to be patient with me and
I love my job.  I started working at Universal Cells (UCells), an Astellas Pharma company located in Seattle, Washington, in February 2018 as an Office Lab Assistant.  There have been
Tia with Dee Muller Katovitch, one of her professors at Syracuse University. Career development is very important to me because I believe that people with disabilities should have the same
On March 27, 2020, Kentucky’s Partnerships in Employment (PIE) project KentuckyWorks conducted an online seminar titled Supporting Students with Significant Disabilities in Finding Competitive Employment. The seminar highlighted the local level impact of a
Employment outcomes for students with disabilities lag behind their non-disabled peers. For students with significant disabilities, employment opportunities and outcomes are even worse. Two University of Kentucky led projects at
Hawaii hosted its second annual Reverse Job Fair in conjunction with the National Disability Employment Awareness Month. THE RIGHT TALENT, RIGHT NOW event started with an employer event featuring First Lady of Hawaii

What We Do

The YES! Center is committed to supporting states to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition age youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our national training and technical assistance center focuses on:
The YES! Center partners with national experts in systems change strategies to:

Our Mission

To improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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“Kirstin is such a positive example of what someone can achieve if they are given a chance.”
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"I am ready to do it by myself.”
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"If you put your mind to it, you can do anything. I want my future employers to know I can accomplish any task they put in front of me.”
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“Just keep on looking. There are jobs out there for you to go and give a shot at.”
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Success Stories

Success stories are an important way of demonstrating what’s possible. They speak to people in ways that are much more immediate than research, reports or statistics. Success stories is a series of ever-growing posts on the YES! Center blog. 



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