Service Providers

Making Change Happen

How Does Change Happen?

Successful systems changes begins with a clear vision for how youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities will the supports and services they need to achieve competitive, integrated employment and/or enter into post-secondary education programs.

Why is a Comprehensive Approach to Change Important?

Each PIE state clearly has unique goals and objectives that relate to their respective needs and demands. However, creating an overall framework for change is important to assure on-going leadership commitment, organizational restructuring, and opportunities to develop needed competencies through training and mentoring.

What are the Keys to Successful Change?

Successful systems change engages stakeholders at multiple levels in a broad range of activities. The YES! Center focuses on helping states develop implementation strategies that are multifaceted and tailored to their respective focuses and needs.

Additional Resources

Provider Transformation Manual

This Provider Transformation Manual has been created to capture learning from, and support the continued success of, the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Hosting Community Conversations

This toolkit provides a practical guide for families, service providers, and communities. Information on hosting and facilitating an event in your community is discussed within this guide.

Elements of Customized Employment

Customized employment (CE) refers to competitive integrated employment, for an individual with a significant disability, that is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the individual with a significant disability, is designed to meet the specific abilities of the individual with a significant disability and the business needs of the employer, and is carried out through flexible strategies. Check out this document from Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to learn more.