Employment Initiatives News

  • HDC Spotlight: Michael Curry


    Michael Curry helps young adults with disabilities transition from high school into an independent life through the Human Development Center’s Postsecondary Apprenticeship for Youth, better known as the PAY Check program. Since joining the PAY Check team, Michael helped kick-start the first PAY Check program on the Northshore, which includes 4 young men from St. Paul’s high school.

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  • 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.

  • The PAY Check Program: A Pathway of Quality Services


    The Human Development Center’s Post-Secondary Apprenticeship for Youth (PAY Check) provides transition services for young adults with disabilities by providing comprehensive pathways to quality employment.

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

    White man who appears to have Down syndrome working at computer

    Positive outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who obtain Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) were reported in a new research study (https://idd.vcurrtc.org/resources/content.cfm/1424 ) 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 https://idd.vcurrtc.org/  

    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)

  • HDC Spotlight: Ray Leger, BA, CWIC


    Because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this spotlight has a special focus on employment. Visit the NDEAM homepage to learn how you can help build an inclusive workforce.

    Donald “Ray” Leger has worked as a Certified Work Incentives Counselor (CWIC) for the Human Development Center’s Work Incentives Planning and Assistance project (funded by the Social Security Administration) since 2006.  Ray is passionate about being of service to others and has loved every minute of his role helping people understand how work affects their benefits. Today, he is Project Manager of the West South Central Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WSC WIPA) program.

    Donald "Ray" Leger

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