The Wisconsin Let’s Get to Work project is a five-year, national systems change grant that will lead to improved community employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in transition. Funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities the project focuses on improving, developing and implementing policies and practices that raise community expectations and overall employment outcomes for youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The project has 4 main parts:
A group of 60-70 stakeholders from a variety of perspectives including youth, families, employment experts, advocates, service providers, teachers, etc. The Consortium drives the project and focuses on policy implementation and strategy.
School Pilot Sites
Nine pilot schools have been selected to implement a coordinated set of intervention strategies and awareness building activities with a minimum of 5 students per school.
The pilot schools receive regular and intense training and technical assistance from Coaches with expertise in a variety of topics such as job development, fading job supports, and person centered planning.
The policy team takes the policy recommendations from the Consortium and puts them into action.
The expected outcomes from these activities are:
- Changes in policy that increase community employment for youth with I/DD
- Increases in integrated, community employment rates of youth with I/DD
- Changes in stakeholder attitudes about the employability of youth with I/DD
Technical assistance is provided to the 8 states awarded a Partnerships in Employment grant (known as Let’s Get to Work in Wisconsin) by the Institute on Community Inclusion. For more information, view the Partnerships in Employment website.