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

  • Screenshot of a YouTube video: "Tuesdays with Liz". Two people are shown in conversation via Zoom: on the left, a heavyset, blind, older white man wearing a headset, ventilator tube and tracksuit top, sits in a wheelchair, grinning happily. On the right, a middle-aged white woman with glasses and large dark, curly hair cut short, is paused in the act of reading from her notes as she sits in an office chair.

    Tuesdays with Liz: Jim Mullen on his experience building a business as a person with a disability

    On a recent episode of the AUCD's flagship podcast, Tuesdays with Liz, host Liz Weintraub interviewed Jim Mullen (video), the founder of Mullen Foods, on his experiences building a successful business as a person with a disability. 

    "In the great internet or web out there, everybody's equal when you're using a computer. There's no barriers for us. That's how I started my company. I looked up all the information on the internet and used my voice recognition system."

    WATCH THE INTERVIEW

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