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Volume 40 | Issue 1 | Spring 2013 | “Pathways to Meaningful Employment For Youth and Young Adults With Significant Disabilities”

Work matters. Most Americans can speak first hand to the numerous benefits that can come from having a good job. Beyond the paycheck and the opportunities having a steady income can make possible, work can bring a sense of accomplishment and build our confidence. For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), work matters for the very same reasons. Talk with almost any middle or high school student about the vision they have for their own futures and you are likely to hear about the great job they hope to get and the money they plan on making. Woven throughout the issue of this newsletter are personal reflections from young people with disabilities, educators, and agencies about the value of work.


  • Erik W. Carter, Carly L. Blustein, Jennifer L. Rowan, Sarah Harvey, Changing the Conversation: Engaging Local Communities in New Discussions About Competitive Employment.
  • Rachel Jenkins and Courtney Taylor, Holding High Expectations from an Early Age.
  • Carrie H. Guiden, Equipping Youth to Direct Their Own Transition Planning.
  • Tyler Lisowski, Perspectives: Changing the Question.
  • Alicia Cone, Tammy L. Day, Mallory Whitmore, Courtney Taylor, Promoting Employment Outcomes in Postsecondary Education Programs.
  • Rachel Pearson, Perspectives: It Feels Really Good to Have a Job.
  • Clayton Huffman, Perspectives: Get a Paycheck and Be Happy.
  • Lynette Henderson and Alicia Cone, Answering Employers' Questions About Hiring People with Significant Disabilities.
  • Greg Schmuchar, Perspectives: As Well as Anybody Else.
  • Dwayne Webb and Genni Sasnett, Perspectives: A Job for Everyone.
  • Amy Gonzalez, Perspectives: Employment for All in Tennessee.