Conference Archive

Conference Archive -
State of the Science on Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Development DisabilitiesGraphic representing three people arm-to-arm.

This conference, which took place on October 11th & 12th, 2023. It highlighted research studies to help reduce the high levels of unemployment among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Conference speakers included experts in the field, businesses, people with disabilities, and their families.

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Agenda at a Glance: MS Word | PDF

CRCs Available: 3.5 per day   CEUs Available: 7 hours (total for both days)

Agenda for Wednesday, October 11, 2023
1:00 - 1:30pm ET Welcome

Dr. Dawn Carlson, Administration for Community Living
Paul Wehman, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

1:30 - 02:15pm ET Evaluation of a Demand Side Approach to Connect Medium to Large Corporations to Workers with IDD: A Mixed Method Study

Jennifer McDonough, VCU-Rehabilitation Research &Training Center

Presentation:   Outline (MS Word)  |  Slides (PDF)

02:15 - 02:30pm ET Question & Answer Session
02:30 - 03:15pm ET 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

Presentation:   Outline (MS Word)  |  Slides (PDF)

03:15 - 03:30pm ET Question & Answer Session
03:30 - 04:00pm ET Systematic Review of Employment Evidenced-Based Practices and Policies: Identifying Research Based Knowledge to Facilitate CIE for People with IDD

Dr. Lauren Avellone, VCU Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

Presentation:   Outline (MS Word)  |  Slides (PDF)

04:-00 - 04:30pm ET Day 1 Closing Remarks

Dr. Julie Christensen, Association for People Supporting Employment First


Agenda for Thursday, October 12, 2023
01:00 - 01:45pm ET Effects of Parent Mentoring on the Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with IDD: A Mixed Method Study

Dr. Ben Schwartzman, Vanderbilt University

Presentation:   Outline (MS Word)  |  Slides (PDF)

1:45 - 02:00pm ET Question & Answer Session
02:00 - 02:15pm ET Advisory Committee Video
02:15 - 02:45pm ET 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-Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

Presentation:   Outline (MS Word)  |  Slides (PDF)

02:45 - 03:00pm ET Question & Answer Session

Dr. Whitney Ham, VCU Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

03:00 - 03:30pm ET Cognitive Support Technology for Postsecondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Control Trial at the Intervention Efficacy Stage of Research

Dr. Phil Rumrill, Kent State

Presentation:   Outline (MS Word)  |  Slides (PDF)

03:30 - 03:45pm ET Question & Answer Session
03:45 - 4:30pm ET Looking Ahead to Future Research: Comments and Suggestions on How to Advance the Agenda

Paul Wehman, VCU-RRTC
Wendy Parent-Johnson, VCU-RRTC
Derek Nord, University of Indiana
David Whittenburg, Mathematica.