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The RRTC on Advancing Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, is convening a State of the Science process in 2017. Towards that end, we are hosting a variety of listening sessions with multiple audiences to reflect the level of stakeholder engagement that has been a hallmark of the RRTC since our launch. In this listening session, we will focus on a “knowledge to action” agenda that grounds our research in issues important to the lives of individuals with disabilities and the systems and people that provide support. This engagement and feedback on our research findings will help us to refine State of the Science papers, and will inform a one-day event in Washington, DC that will connect federal policymakers with voices from the field.

This session will include a short orientation to the project, and a brief summary of its major findings. Most of the session will be an interactive discussion on how community rehabilitation providers can translate the project’s research findings into actions that promote integrated employment outcomes.

This session is an attempt to involve the APSE community in agenda-setting that will inform the trajectory of future research, and will promote knowledge translation to move research findings into everyday practice.



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