University of Vermont

CDCI Project & Employee Profile: Supported Employment with Bryan Dague, Ed.D.

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. We are so happy to use it as a time to highlight some of the rich history and foundational work of CDCI.

Bryan Dague has been providing training and consulting on Supported Employment at UVM since 1992. He is the current director of the Think College program at UVM and provides Introduction to Supported Employment training seminars. Bryan remains active with National APSE (a national supported employment organization) and is president of the Vermont APSE chapter. Bryan is currently working with state of Vermont and UVM to a develop a series of supported employment courses leading to a certificate.

CDCI has been involved in Supported Employment since 1980 with one of the first Supported Employment demonstration projects in the nation. In collaboration with the state of Vermont, supported employment has increased over the years and segregated sheltered workshops have ended. Vermont remains a leader in inclusive employment of people with developmental disabilities and recently received international recognition by the Zero Project for Innovative Policy. The Zero Project certified Vermont’s supported employment program as, “Exemplary in the areas of innovation, impact and transferability, The State of Vermont’s Supported Employment Program is outstanding as it facilitates the shift from sheltered employment settings to more inclusive employment for people with developmental disabilities” (Zero Project, 2017). https://zeroproject.org/policy/long-term-inclusion-in-the-open-labour-market-state-wide/

CDCI recently hosted two international fellows from Uganda and Tanzania as part of the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Victoria and Sylivia spent four weeks traveling around Vermont learning about our inclusive employment practices for people with disabilities.