Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in New Hampshire

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Employment for people with severe disabilities was legitimized in P.L. 99457. However, some states have made more progress than others in helping individuals with disabilities achieve successful employment outcomes. This is the first in a series of publications highlighting the findings from the case studies in three states--New Hampshire, Washington, and Colorado--that have been recognized as high performers in integrated employment. These products are intended to be a practical resource for other states as they work to help people with disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment.

New Hampshire was identified as a "high-performing" state based on criteria aimed at assessing overall commitment to community inclusion: the percentage of citizens served by the state's mental retardation/developmental disabilities (MR/DD) agency that are in integrated employment and the rate of growth in state provision of integrated employment (Prouty & Lakin, 2000).

From June 2002 through December 2003, a team of ICI researchers conducted face-to-face interviews with state and local key informants, including parents and service providers, who had been recommended as being knowledgeable about New Hampshire's system of integrated employment. With permission, interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. State policy documents and New Hampshire's state website also contributed to data collection.


Case Studies Issue 14.