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A Webinar Elevating the Student Self-Advocate Voice and Fostering Self-Determination in the Youth-to-Adulthood Transition Process to Employment
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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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Join us for our webinar, "My Life, My Goals, My Future: Elevating the Student Self-Advocate Voice and Fostering Self-Determination in the Youth-to-Adulthood Transition Process to Employment", on Wednesday, April 28, 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern. Register here: https://t.co/HWsoHLWqpF https://t.co/N6wYOreh06 YEStoEmployment photo

The YES! Center webinar, "Class Act Collaboration Strategies: Schools and VR Improving Student Transition Outcomes during COVID" is today at 3:00 PM Eastern. Last minute registrations are welcome! https://t.co/3YlarmVXZg https://t.co/bo13v4vP0e YEStoEmployment photo

Join the YES! Center for our webinar, Class Act Collaboration Strategies: Schools and VR Improving Student Transition Outcomes during COVID on Wednesday, March 24th. Learn more at the accessible flier here: https://t.co/JKPguHpzbq Register here: https://t.co/3YlarmVXZg https://t.co/pi1frIugnL YEStoEmployment photo

From all of us at the YES! Center, Happy Holidays! https://t.co/ikVCET53XF

The 2021 TASH Conference is heading to New Orleans! Our 2021 theme, "Celebrating Community and Connections", reminds us of the value of gathering as a diverse community to advance equity, opportunity and inclusion for all. #2021TASHconf will be the Big Tent in the Big Easy! https://t.co/FQ8an7c28i YEStoEmployment photo
Recent News

“I never let my disability affect how I live life. My family supported my decision to go to college, get a driver’s license and drive with an adaptive van. I’m

By Laura Owens, Ph.D., CESP The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to change the ways we support students with disabilities in exploring careers and building skills. Students have been forced

Marvin’s Journey

My name is Marvin and I am 21 years old.  I graduated from high school in June of 2020. When I was in high school, I had many work experiences

A Mother’s thoughts on A Daughter’s Employment Journey My name is Dianne and I am the mother of a wonderful 24 year-old named Alexa. We always had high expectations for

My name is Alexa and I am 24 years old. I left my public school when I was 22 years old. When I was young my mom and dad always had me

The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities continues to remain around 80%. As many organizations, advocates and employment specialists work to change this percentage, another big advocate needed to change

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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See what's going on at the YES! Center and with our partner states.

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