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Utah School to Work Project: Working with Youth with Significant Disabilities

Utah School to Work Project has developed eight (8) project demonstration sites, where multi-agency partners work together as a team to coordinate employment services for transition age youth with significant disabilities, who will benefit from a customized approach to employment in pursuing competitive, community integrated employment. These transition teams are made up of multiple community…

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Want to Engage Families Better? Just Listen.

“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 give me information I can understand so I can become comfortable with the idea.” – Jane*, a mother during a parent interview The effective engagement…

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Devon’s Story of Employment – “I love my job!”

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 lots of ups and downs with growing pains as the company has expanded. The changes with the COVID restrictions have been challenging. UCells is a…

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People with disabilities want Careers… just like everyone else!

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 opportunities as everyone else. If given a chance, people with disabilities can have careers. Right now, there are people with disabilities working in careers. They…

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Kentucky Pilots Focus On Employment for Students with Significant Disabilities

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 pilot initiative supported by the YES! Center.  It has been well documented that competitive employment outcomes for students and adults with significant disabilities (defined by…

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KentuckyWorks Seamless Transition Pilots

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 the Human Development Institute (HDI) – KentuckyWorks and the Community Work Transition Program (CWTP) – with technical assistance support from the YES! Center, are partnering to pilot an approach in two Kentucky…

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Hawaii Celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month with Reverse Job Fair

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 Dawn Ige and Lt. Governor Josh Green as guest speakers as well as employers’ testimonial on disability hiring. It was then followed by the Reverse…