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July 2023

VCU RRTC on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Conference Registration is OPEN!

State of the Science on Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Dates: Oct 11 & 12 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Location: Virtual

Audience: Researchers, Service Providers, Employers, Educators, Individuals with disabilities & families

Join us for this 2 day virtual conference highlighting research studies to help reduce the high levels of unemployment among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Conference speakers include experts in the field, businesses, people with lived experiences, and their families.

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Agenda at A Glance:

October 11 – Day 1

  • Welcome - Dr. Dawn Carlson, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, Dr. Paul Wehman, VCU-RRTC
  • Evaluation of a Demand Side Approach to Connect Medium to Large Corporations to Workers with IDD: A Mixed Method Study - Jennifer McDonough, VCU-RRTC
  • Evaluation of a Technology Early Career Preparation Intervention (TECH-Prep) for African American Youth with IDD: A Random Control Trial Study - Dr. Tim Tansey & Dr. Fong Chan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Systematic Review of Employment Evidenced-Based Practices and Policies: Identifying Research Based Knowledge to Facilitate CIE for People with IDD, Dr. Lauren Avellone, VCU-RRTC
  • Closing Remarks, Dr. Julie Christensen, Association for People Supporting Employment First.

October 12 - Day 2

  • Effects of Parent Mentoring on the Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with IDD: A Mixed Method Study, Dr. Ben Schwartzman & Emily Lanchak, Vanderbilt University
  • Advisory Committee Video
  • The Impact of Competency-based Training and TA on the Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes of Individuals with IDD: A Mixed Method Study, Dr. Katherine Inge, VCU-RRTC
  • Cognitive Support Technology for Postsecondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Control Trial at the Intervention Efficacy Stage of Research. - Dr. Phil Rumrill & Dr. Mykal Leslie, Kent State
  • Looking Ahead to Future Research - Comments & Suggestions on How to Advance the Agenda - Dr. Paul Wehman, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson, VCU-RRTC, Dr. Derek Nord, University of Indiana, Dr. David Wittenburg, Mathematica.


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