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Abstract Details for Real People Real Jobs: Stories from the Front Line

This site highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. Through the use of innovative, front-line employment support practices, these individuals are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities. Learn more about these people and the promising practices that led to their success. Brief videos and stories are categories according to topic, and also sorted by geographic location. The Real People, Real Jobs website offers success stories about individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) getting and keeping jobs in their communities. The purpose of these stories is to share where people work and how they got there. They are meant to be read by individuals with ID/DD, their families, as well as front-line employment support professionals. Through this web site we hope to increase awareness of the full range of employment opportunities and support options available. We also want to provide individuals and their support networks with examples that will enable them to think creatively about employment. Real People, Real Jobs is supported by Access to Integrated Employment, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services About the Access to Integrated Employment project: Information on employment trends, state policy and strategy, and employment supports The goal of the Access to Integrated Employment project is to provide a clear account of employment and related day supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and to identify individual, program, and policy factors that influence individual outcomes on a state and national level. Visit us at: