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The Arc is currently a part of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The RRTC is a 5-year project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the US Department of Education. The purpose of this project is to increase access to individual integrated employment by using research, dissemination and knowledge translation to address the elements needed to bring individual integrated employment to scale for people with I/DD.

As a partner on this project, The Arc is supporting chapters of The Arc and the disability network at-large through systems change management that builds capacity and supports organizational transformation in how employment services are provided. The Arc will be developing technical assistance to create and assess a model framework for community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) to implement high quality employment supports. The first objective is to form a Delphi panel to identify and define standards for evaluating CRP performance. Following the panel, case studies of high performing CRPs will be conducted. These case studies will result in the creation of a toolkit for CRPs, providing a guide to self-assessment and supporting the establishment of goals and action plans. In year three, The Arc will be developing a curriculum for and hosting the Provider Employment Leadership Network to provide peer-to-peer CRP knowledge translation. Participants in the institute will be leaders from nonprofit service providers that offer employment services to people with I/DD. The goal of the institute is to provide training and learning opportunities that will spur changes within the systems and practices of CRPs to improve workforce management and community-based employment outcomes for people with I/DD.

As the nation’s largest nonprofit serving people with I/DD, The Arc has access to an extensive network through which we will be able to share and disseminate the knowledge generated by the RRTC. We are excited to be a part of this project and to incorporate our chapter network into the evaluation and sharing of best practices for CRPs.