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Community of Practice for Supporting Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 


The Institute for Community Inclusion will create a national community of practice comprising 5 states in the first year to build capacity across and within states to reform current employment systems that will increase competitive and inclusive employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This will be accomplished by:

  • Convening a Delphi Panel to identify issues and promising practices across the country for consideration by the community of practice

  • Collaborating with AIDD to select states to develop and implement a consortium to assist in the local employment systems change
  • Providing technical assistance to the states to facilitate peer-to-peer networking by creating a forum for knowledge transfer, joint action, and policy development

The Delphi Panel will have representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment First Program, the State Employment Leadership Network, the Partnership in Employment Transition Systems Change Project, the selected states, and national leaders in employment and transition including self-advocates and families.

The training and technical assistance activities for this project will be conducted in partnership with Developmental Disabilities Networks (State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, State Protection and Advocacy Systems, and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), state vocational rehabilitation agencies, consortia members, and relevant state agencies.


Institute for Community Inclusion

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston, MA 02125

Grant Number


Project Duration

9/30/2012 – 9/29/2017

Project Amount

$190,000 per year


Cindy Thomas, Co-Principal Investigator


Phone: (617) 287-4312

John Butterworth, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator


Phone: (617) 297-4357

AIDD Project Officer

Larissa Crossen


Phone: (202) 690-5999

Last modified on 03/09/2017

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