Supported Employment

In Memory of Mark Martin

HDC is sad to share the news that Mark Steven Martin passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Mark devoted his entire career to serving individuals with disabilities.  He was committed to helping people with disabilities gain education, employment and the tools needed to reach their goals. For the final several years of his career, Mark served as Director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. The original notice can be found here.

Competitive Integrated Employment: Positive Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Positive outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who obtain Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) were reported in a new research study ( ) in the areas of economics, psychological health, and physical health. The research findings are summarized in the postcard below. Benefits were also identified in many other “quality of life” areas including self-determination, personal independence, autonomy and maladaptive behaviors.

* This summary and postcard are for general information and reference purposes. The original article is owned and copyright protected by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Citation: Taylor, J., Avellone, L., Brooke, V., Wehman, P., Inge, K., Schall, C., & Iwanaga, K. (2022). The impact of competitive integrated employment on economic, psychological, and physical health outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 1-12.

Learn more about this article and others by visiting the VCU-RRTC on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

The VCU RRTC-IDD Journal Article Database catalogs journal articles on employment of people with disabilities. Each article has been reviewed and summarized by staff. The summaries are provided in order for you to determine if you would like to review the original research.

Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes postcard (text at link)

Free Webinar: Introduction to ABLE

ABLEnow Webinar

Registration is open for a free information session on Thursday, October 28, at 11 a.m. ET. This webinar will cover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program.

NOTE: ABLEnow is the name of the ABLE account program administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The ABLE account program administered by the State of Louisiana is available here.

NDEAM: America’s Recovery, Powered by Inclusion

America's Recovery, Powered by Inclusion

Celebrate NDEAM 2021 and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy

Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams for a virtual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 20th anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Location: Streaming online. Please register to receive the accessible event link:


This exciting event will feature insightful dialogues and a video showcase highlighting strategies in action for an equitable, disability-inclusive recovery.

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SSA’s Ticket to Work Program Presents: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

3 – 4:30 PM ET

Join us on October 27 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar!

Get the facts about Social Security disability benefits and work! We’re debunking myths and sharing important information to help you as you make the decision that work may be right for you, to look for a job, and successfully transition to work.

Join the webinar to find answers to questions like:

  • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?
  • What types of services and job supports are available to help me transition to the workplace and work towards my career goals?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider?

Competitive, Integrated Employment Funding and Flexibilities Fact Sheet

A new fact sheet, “Recent Funding Opportunities to Expand Access to Competitive, Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities,” from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) highlights new funding and flexibilities for increasing access to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for youth and adults with disabilities. These new funding opportunities and flexibilities are provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 (FCAA), as well as through the work of multiple federal agencies.

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Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

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From the National APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First):

The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA, HR2373) was reintroduced by the House Committee on Education & Labor.

TCIEA will provide states and employers with resources to transition workers with disabilities into fully integrated and competitive jobs while phasing out the subminimum wage for individuals with disabilities.

Transformation Bill ScheduleRaise the Wage Act (H.R. 603) Minimum Wage Levels14(C) if Raise the Wage Act is Enacted/Passes14(c) Phase-out under a $7.25 minimum wage
60 percent of the wage upon the effective date$9.50 per hr.$5.70 per hr.$4.35 per hr.
70 percent of the wage 1 year after the effective date$11.00 per hr.$7.70 per hr.$5.08 per hr.
80 percent 2 years after the effective date of the wage in year 3$12.50 per hr.$10.00 per hr.$5.80 per hr.
90 percent 3 years after the effective date$14.00 per hr.$12.60 per hr.$6.53 per hr.
100 percent 4 years after the effective date$15.00 per hr.$15.00 per hr.$7.25 per hr.

For a fact sheet on the TCIEA which includes the information in the image above, click here. For the bill text, click here. For a section-by-section summary, click here.

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Upcoming Employment First Virtual Core Training


Virtual 40-Hour Employment First Core Training

LSU Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with the Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (LA-APSE) has an upcoming virtual training class scheduled!

  • March  23-25, 2021 online via Zoom

See the LSU HDC Employment Initiatives Website for more information and to register   

The 40 Hour Employment Core training meets LRS Employment vendor training requirements and OCDD/Medicaid Employment provider rules. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and will take place online via Zoom. The fee for this class is $400 and includes training materials, presentations, and access to resources. A certificate of completion will be issued once identified course assignments have been completed and reviewed.

National Online Dialogue on Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) encourages you to participate in a national online dialogue, Job Developing for People with Disabilities during Times of Increased Unemployment. DOL is hosting this dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. They want to hear from you—individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, employment specialists, VR counselors, job coaches, and employers. The dialogue will be open through October 18, 2020

The topics include:

1) Addressing health risks

2) Balancing self-determination and health

3) Addressing increased unemployment

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is Increasing Access and Opportunity. This year 2020 marks the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones have events and activities centered on the theme at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)’s National Disability Employment Awareness page.

Also join the Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE) for FREE and PAID events on APSE’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month page.

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