About

About the YES! Center

The YES! Center is a national Training and Technical Assistance Center that serves as a central source of information, expertise and resources for the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) states and other entities focused on systems change efforts to improve transition outcomes for youth and young adults with significant disabilities. The focus of the YES! Center is to provide training and technical assistance to states to improve employment opportunities. Our team works closely with PIE states to develop customized technical assistance plans to ensure improved competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Our mission is to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Partners

TASH is a non-profit organization and leader in advocacy for individuals with significant disabilities. TASH’s initiative on employment provides expertise to policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure all transition aged youth with disabilities are prepared to enter competitive integrated employment.

TransCen, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education and employment success of youth and young adults with disabilities. TransCen’s work is driven by the belief that employment and

active community participation are attainable for all individuals, regardless of disability or other perceived barriers to employment.

Funder

The YES! Center is funded by the Administration on Community Living’s Administration on Disabilities (AoD). The Administration on Disabilities works with states, communities, and partners in the disability networks to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration of individuals with disabilities.

Meet Our Team

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Alison DeYoung

Project Manager
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Laura Owens

Co-Principal Investigator
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Sean Roy

State Liaison
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Dale Verstegen

State Liaison
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Tia Nellis

Policy & Advocacy Liaison
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Chernet T. Weldeab, PhD

Project Consultant