October Update

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October, colleagues from the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, In the Driver’s Seat, Future Centered Care and other organizations have been working together to better understand if and how individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are using Self-Directed services to assist them with employment. We’ve developed the survey below specifically for individuals with I/DD and family members which should take no longer than 10 – 15 minutes for to complete. The survey is anonymous unless you choose to add your name and email address – you will then be entered to win one of 10 Amazon gift cards worth $20. Please reach out to us at [email protected] should you have any questions.


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Looking for resources to help you move forward with employment? Here are a few:

ACCESS-VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment.

Employment Equity Coalition is advancing disability inclusion in the workforce.

Project Search provides employment training and education for young adults with disabilities.

Our Ability is a job locating platform built by and for people who have a disability.

Best Buddies focuses on finding work that matches the job seeker’s interests and talents. This program secures jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves.

A $2.66 Million Program for Career-Specific Vocational Training is on the horizon for Individuals with I/DD.

One of the biggest barriers for people with I/DD and employment is transportation. Starbridge’s Go Monroe program may be able to help if you live in Monroe County and live with your family (as you define family).

Check out Go Monroe >>

Lots of changes are happening with Self-Direction and with Family Support Services! Please check in with your Support Broker and Fiscal Intermediary to make sure that you’re up to date with any impact the changes can have on your Self-Directed plan!

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APSE – The Association of People Supporting Employment First is a national membership organization to focus exclusively on inclusive employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Think Work! highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities.


Have questions about joining or using Connect? Click the following links to learn how to use the platform.


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