||Training and Technical Assistance For Providers
Ten organizations are currently receiving individualized
training and technical assistance from the T-TAP staff and the CRP
Leadership Network to help develop their programs from segregated
work and non-work options to competitive employment opportunities
in the community. The training and technical assistance includes
program planning, marketing, budgeting, staff development, and financial
Leslie and Rosalie Anixter Center
|Charles River Industries
Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc
|Hi-Hope Service Center
| At Work
|Home of Hope, Inc.
Columbia, SC 29230
|The Arc of DC
|Humboldt Community Access & Resource Center (HCAR)
The Arc Northern Chesapeake
|Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services
Twin Falls, ID
Facilitating Change "One Person at a Time"
Organizations often have difficulty determining which approach may be the
most successful when shifting their services from facility-based to community-based.
Some close their traditional sheltered workshops or day programs in one
massive transformation. However, this radical approach can cause the
most upheaval and negative reactions. As an alternative, some organizations
have implemented a “one person at a time” approach to organizational
change. An advantage to this approach is that the organization's board,
staff, and parents are not threatened by sudden change. A disadvantage
is the length of time that elapses before individuals with the most significant
disabilities are offered access to community services. Read about this Approach
to Organizational Change
The Role of Mentoring in Organizational Change
The Training and Technical Assistance for Providers project (T-TAP) advocates
the use of an array of strategies that Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) can
use to increase the number and quality of customized employment outcomes for adults
with disabilities. Read more about T-TAP's CRP Leadership Network in this brief on lessons learned.
The Coastal Center for Developmental Services
When individuals with disabilities make the move to a job in the community, Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) need to
consider how friendships from facility-based programs can be maintained. These relationships can be an ongoing source of support
that helps an individual succeed in customized employment. In addition, as more individuals become employed, the group members
can serve as supports for each other as well as role models for individuals thinking about community employment. One reason that
has been given for people staying in sheltered employment is that they fear the loss of their friends. This perhaps is not so
different from any individual who leaves one job for another. Read about The Coastal Center for Developmental Services
AtWork!'s Employment Team Retreat
When AtWork was selected to receive technical assistance (TA) from T-TAP, the organization had an employment staff of 4
individuals. As part of the TA plan, one staff person was assigned to become the team leader of this group of 4. These staff
members represented a broad range of experiences and perspectives on employment for people with disabilities. Many had worked
as case managers, job developers, and job coaches.
Read about AtWork!'s Employment Team Retreat.
Developing Linkages to Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach Services presented by EmployAbility
The impact of earned income on benefits can be a significant barrier to employment for individuals and
for family members. BPAO Benefit Specialists can work cooperatively with Community Rehabilitation Programs
(CRPs) to provide information to SSA recipients and beneficiaries. Read about EmployAbility's arrangement with their local BPAO office.
- Success One Person at a Time
EmployAbility is one of the first agencies that T-TAP selected to receive technical
assistance when the project began in 2002. Agencies responded to a request for
proposals, and EmployAbility received a year of intensive support from project
staff and a mentor agency that has been successful in moving individuals with
disabilities into customized positions in the community earning at least minimum
wages. A success
story from EmployAbility follows.
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the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (Number
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