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Transformation to What? Getting Past the “Messy in the Middle” Stage

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Presenters: Jeff Gentry, Director of Transition and Community Services at Triangle, Inc.; Christine Murdocca, Supported Employment Employee and host of Triangle’s Ablevision Television Program

Have you and the individuals and families you support experienced this "messy" phase as your organization moves away from facility-based services to community employment? This transformation from segregated work settings is happening across the country, and can bring liberation and empowerment. But the process of change is not always easy or comfortable for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. A variety of issues can come up for people with IDD as the agencies that serve them switch to integrated employment:

    • They might stop getting a weekly paycheck when their workshop shuts down.
    • They might stop seeing their friends on a daily basis once the workshop closes.
    • They may get a part-time job, leaving the rest of the day needing to be filled.
    • Their family may feel the pressure of helping their child or sibling with IDD find and keep fulfilling work in the community.

So how do we get to a "gorgeous" ending, where people have a satisfying job and relationships in the community? Watch this archive of our March event for a candid discussion of this issue. 

The contents of this presentation were developed by ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston.
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