A triptych of photos: first, a young white woman with Down Syndrome, her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, stares intently at her laptop; next, a white middle-aged woman in a wheelchair sits, wearing a high-visibility construction vest, with her arms folded, with similarly dressed coworkers; finally a blind Black woman, mid-twenties, hair worn natural and round, peruses a Braille book while sitting at a small table in a cozy office.

The goal of the Supported Employment program is to help people with significant disabilities become employed and included in the community workforce.

CDCI provides training and technical assistance to supported employment programs and high school transition programs throughout the state of Vermont.

Upcoming Trainings

Supporting Employment for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

  • Tuesday, April 5
  • 9am - 4pm EST
  • Online and free

With Alan Kurtz, PhD, and Nicole LeBlanc, CDCI Community Advisory Council member

Mobile Technologies as Vocational Support

  • Tuesday, May 3
  • 9am - 4pm EST
  • Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

With Tony Gentry, PhD, OTR/FAOTA


Resources for Supporting Employment for People with Disabilities

  • A screenshot of a .pdf produced by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems

    "Disability and Being Person-Centered in the New Normal"

    Nicole LeBlanc, Advisory Group Coordinator at the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (and ThinkCollege VT alum) wrote this article on true, valid inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace (.pdf) for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021. In it, she highlights some of the obstacles to meaningful employment -- and how workplaces can support practices to remove those obstacles. 

    "COVID-19 has shown us that many jobs can be done from home — not everything needs to be face-to-face 100% of the time. Having flexible work arrangements greatly benefits people with disabilities because many of us face transportation barriers and many of us are unable to tolerate long commutes or crowds due to the nature of our disabilities."



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An icon of a figure carrying a briefcase. Text: Supported Employment.

Partners in Supported Employment

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is a national and state membership organization formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons with severe disabilities. APSE is an organization for supported employees, employers, family members, providers, and advocates. The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion partners with Vermont APSE to educate and provide technical assistance. 

Meet the Supported Employment Team


Bryan Dague, Ed.D.
Project Coordinator