Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Board Members Involved

Amira, Max, Jason, Eric M. and John. Allies involved at this time are Juliana and Topper.

Grant Highlights April through July 2015

The project has 4 areas of focus:

  • Strand 1 – Individuals and families
  • Strand 2 – Employment consultants (staff that help people find jobs)
  • Strand 3 – Provider agencies that serve people with IDD
  • Strand 4 – State and national policies

Project staff are doing different types of research studies for each strand. SABE suggested people with disabilities, providers and family members from throughout the country to provide information.

SABE participates in 2 monthly calls. One is a monthly Project team meeting and the other meeting is for SABE board members to prepare for the team meeting. The team meetings are webinars and are recorded which makes it easy for SABE board members to review if needed. We meet the third Tuesday of every month.

One big deliverable for this project for SABE is to write a paper or tip sheets for employment specialists. It will include tips for job developers about how to respectfully represent people with disabilities to employers. It will also give suggestions from self-advocates for job coaches on how to best support someone on the job. The paper/tip sheets will be created over the next 3 months.

RRTC Webinar

The RRTC is launching a new webinar series called:


Reframe your mindset and get inspired with the RRTC’s webinar series, “New Conversations About Integrated Employment.” In 44 minutes, we’ll put a fresh spin on questions related to disability, careers, and community integration. It kicks off on Wednesday July 22, 3pm Eastern, with “Employment Support Professionals: Leaders for Change.”

SABE distributed the webinar announcement. As of July 15th more than 200 people have signed up. Max Barrows from SABE will be one of the presenters on this webinar.

SABE board members who are volunteering to work on this grant will co-present at different national conferences. In June the RRTC presented at the APSE conference in Philadelphia. RRTC did not have funding to support a self-advocate to co-present for this conference so with the help of Max and Topper they recruited Stirling Peebles from Vermont to co-present since she was already planning to be at the APSE conference. Max and Topper supported Stirling to prepare to present and according to RRTC staff Stirling did an excellent job.

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Project Activities

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SABE Thinkwork: The Truth Comes from Us (PDF)

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APSE Employment First Statement (PDF)

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A Purpose in Life: Why Employment First Matters to Self-Advocates (PDF)

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