• Research Study One

    Systematic Reviews of Employment Evidenced-Based Practices and Policies: Identifying Research Based Knowledge to Facilitate Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for People with IDD.

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  • Research Study Two

    Evaluation of a Demand Side Approach to Connect a Large Corporation to Workers with IDD: A Mixed Method Study

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  • Research Study Three

    Evaluation of a Technology Early Career Preparation Intervention (TECH-Prep) for African American Youth with IDD: A Random Control Trial Study

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  • Research Study Four

    Cognitive Support Technology for Postsecondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Control Trial at the Intervention Efficacy Stage of Research

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  • Research Study Five

    Effects of Parent Mentoring on the Competitive Integrate Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with IDD: A Mixed Method Study

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  • Research Study Six

    The Impact of Competency-based Training and Technical Assistance on the Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes of Individuals with IDD: A Mixed Method Study

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Q&A: Autism employment post-pandemic. In this interview by Autism Speaks, Dr. Schall and Jennifer McDonough, M.S., share how organizations are reducing barriers to employment for people across the autism spectrum.
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Podcast: Universal Design for Learning for Autistic and Neurodivergent Children

Universal Design for Learning for Autistic and Neurodivergent Children: A Conversation with Emily Rubin and Dr. Lindee Morgan - This podcast episode is full of wonderful nuggets of wisdom and since we are about to kick it into high gear again in our school divisions, I thought I would share this with you all. I was particularly encouraged by the reminders about the "3 i's" of engaging our learners (investment, independence, and initiation) and the awesome SEE-KS model for measuring learner engagement!

Matt Smith

Upcoming Webcast - Aug 18

Virtual Interview Training for Transition Age Autistic Youth Matt Smith, Ph.D., will discuss how job interview training fits within pre-employment transition services for autistic transition-age youth/transition-age youth with autism.

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18-year-old Project SEARCH graduate with autism joins staff at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

Richmond Times-Dispatch (By Madyson Fitzgerald) - In the main lab on the first floor of Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Centerin Chesterfield County, machines beeped and whirred with activity as hospital staff worked late Tuesday morning. It was a busy scene. One staffer was preparing specimens to be transferred to Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Henrico County. Wearing a blue medical gown and mask with hair pulled into a ponytail was Xander Ferguson, 18, who was putting the tracking information on the vials. In the lab, he can usually be found filing slides, making COVID-19 kits, and scanning lab specimens.

Understanding the Provision of Self-Employment For People with Disabilities in the United States

Self-Employment Policy Paper

The Center on Self-Employment researched and summarized self-employment policies for the 50 States plus the District of Columbia. In total, 73 State VR Agencies were included in this research: 29 Combined VR Agencies, 22 General VR Agencies, and 22 Blind VR Agencies. This paper represents the background and impetus behind the policy review, summarizes the findings, and offers initial considerations and recommendations for state VR policymakers. The report identified four key opportunities that VR agencies can pursue to increase equitable access to self-employment services.

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The impact of competitive integrated employment

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) has been well established in research and policy as the preferred outcome for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the United States. However, without greater documentation and accurate assessment of the impact of CIE to improve the lives of individuals with IDD, we risk greatly undervaluing this key life experience. Subsequently, this miscalculates the public policy related to CIE by not more fully investigating in its promotion.


CIE: Outcomes for Individuals with I/DD

Customized Competitive integrated employment (CIE) has been established as the preferred goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) seeking employment. When compared to employment in segregated settings, CIE has shown more positive impacts on the lives of individuals. A recent study that examined the impact of competitive integrated employment on economic, psychological, and physical health outcomes for individuals with I/DD revealed some key findings.