Current Projects & Activities
- Core Gift Facilitation
Core Gift Discovery is a promising practice to help an individual identify the most important contribution they can make to their community. Gifts can be used to help a young person decide on a vocational path that is meaningful to them, increase self-esteem, and be welcomed into a group. The Council has collaborated with the Idaho Dept. of Labor Disability Employment Initiative to provide training to special education teachers, Dept. of Labor career counselors, parent education coordinators, and others in how to facilitate the Core Gift Discovery process. These certified Core Gift Master Facilitators conduct interviews with students, educational staff, individuals and parents to help them identify their gifts, strengths, and contributions.
- Animated Videos on Social Security Work Incentives
Six animated videos explaining Social Security work incentives have been created for Idaho. The information is presented in plain language and aims to help transition-age youth, their families and anyone with a disability understand strategies and resources available to help a person who receives public benefits go to work.
- Support for Development of IDVR Customized Employment Services
The Council helps with development and planning for implementation of the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Customized Employment Services.
- Family Education in Transition Planning
The Council supports education and awareness for both students with disabilities and families about planning for transition and setting goals for the future. Our objective is to help families, students, and others have the skills needed to engage in a student-centered, strength-based transition planning process. Our focus on individual rights and self-determination in this area includes training and publications (below) about Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship. More information and resources can be found on the My Choice Matters website.
- Focus on Spanish-speaking Families
The Council supports a Cultural Broker to do outreach in the Latino community. Some of that work includes conferences and workshops provided in Spanish on transition-related topics to families, youth, and adults. Recent training includes two day-long conferences on planning for transition attended by families and their children and a workshop on Social Security Work Incentives and planning for employment. Presenters are Spanish-speakers and all materials are provided in Spanish.
Publications Related to Goals & Objectives
- Expecting a Bright Future: Growing Towards Employment and Future Success
- Esperando un Futuro Brillante: Desarrollándose para el Empleo y Éxito Futuro
- What is Customized Employment?
- Supported Decision Making for Adults with Disabilities – My Voice Counts
- Supported Decision Making and Guardianship Alternatives – Supporting Full Lives
- La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada – My Voz Cuenta
- La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada y Las Alternativas A La Tutela – Apoyando Individuos a Vivir sus Vidas Maximo
- Education, Employment and Independent Living: Supported Decision-Making in Special Education Programs
- Supported Decision Making and Transition Services
- Supported Decision Making and Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Related Materials & Resources
- Core Gift Institute
- Idaho Able to Work
- Social Security Income and Working: Animated Video Series – Idaho Department of Labor
- Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – Youth
- Office on Disability Employment Policy – Customized Employment information and video examples
- Jobseeker Toolkit – Youth in Transition
- Jobseeker – ONLINE LEARNING MODULES
- My Choice Matters Idaho
- Road to Transition – A Guided Tour for Accessing Adult Services (Medicaid DD Services publication)
Five-year Plan Goal
Goal 2: Youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities transition from school into an adult life that includes integrated employment, community engagement, and full citizenship.
- Each year of the plan, provide/support education and training for families, teachers, and other team members, to increase the number of youth/young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who experience a gift-focused and strength-based assessment and planning process.
- By September 2021, increase the percentage of youth/young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities that achieve competitive integrated employment in the community by working with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners and Medicaid to implement best practices in customized employment.