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Why Employment Matters: A Resource Guide by and for Self-Advocates Interested in Pursuing Competitive, Integrated Employment

The following guide is designed for Independent Living Centers, the Developmental
Disabilities Network, and Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Programs to
disseminate as an informational resource to individuals with significant disabilities
and their families to encourage self-advocates to pursue competitive integrated
employment. It is especially helpful for supporting the transition of individuals with
disabilities from sheltered workshops or segregated day settings to a job in the
community making competitive wages. It is also an excellent resource for youth and
young adults transitioning out of the educational system and into the workforce and
community living. The premise of the document is that no one is too disabled to live
and work in the community, and as such, federally funded disability grant entities
should be promoting and encouraging competitive integrated employment (CIE) as a
priority goal and achievable outcome for all individuals with disabilities.

Recent Posts

September Newsletter

DETAC Monthly NewsletterIssue 4 |  2021 In this Issue: Check out our New Blog: Looking Inward ◆ New Resource: Using Discovery as a Tool to Increase Employment and Decrease Poverty in Partnership with Centers for Independent Living ◆ Additional TA Resources ◆

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August Newsletter

In this Issue:   New RISE Peer eLearning Community #3 ◆ New Podcast: From the Sheltered Workshop to Musical Mentor – A Conversation with Sunny Cefaratti ◆ New Blog from Nicole LeBlanc (DETAC Self-Advocate Engagement Adviser) ◆ New Technical Assistance Opportunity: Three-Part

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NASDDDS’ Policy Position Statement

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) issues official position in support of repealing section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Check it out here:

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