Organizational transformation to integrated employment and community life engagement.

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BACKGROUND: States have moved toward defunding sheltered workshops and supporting the transformation towards integrated competitive employment and inclusive day services. As a result, many local service providers have been challenged to consider how they will transform their services in order to provide fully inclusive work and community life engagement opportunities. OBJECTIVE: Findings from a Delphi panel of experts in the field of organizational transformation offer ten elements necessary for successful change away from segregated work options. Findings from expert interviews on community life engagement indicate four guideposts for the provision of high-quality non-work day supports. CONCLUSION: Combining findings across these two projects, in addition to a reflection from a provider that has under- gone transformation, this manuscript offers guidance for providers of day and employment services in their efforts to support competitive integrated employment and meaningful community life engagement for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //