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A Model of Employment Supports for Job Seekers with Intellectual Disabilities
ThinkWork! Publications
  • Alberto Migliore, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Institute for Community Integration
  • Oliver Lyons, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Jennifer Bose, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • John Butterworth, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston
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  • Autism,
  • Employment interviews,
  • Families & family life,
  • Vocational rehabilitation,
  • Self sufficiency,
  • Transportation services,
  • Disabled people,
  • Developmental disabilities,
  • Intellectual disabilities,
  • Employment

Interviews with 16 employment consultants-triangulated with job seekers, family members, and supervisors-revealed a model of employment supports aligned with the elements described in the literature, although with an added emphasis on (a) building trust as a key element starting from day one; (b) a circular process converging on the job match; (c) and flexible intensity of supports. The model can be used for improving clarity in communication with employment consultants about effective employment support practices for assisting job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Community Engaged/Serving
No, this is not community-engaged.
Journal of Rehabilitation
Citation Information
Migliore, A., Nye-Lengerman, K., Lyons, O., Bose, J., & Butterworth, J. (2018). A model of employment supports for job seekers with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation, 84(2), 3–13.