Training and Technical Assistance, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, I/DD, Developmental Disabilities, Employment, Access to Integrated Employment, ThinkWork
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In the mid-1980s, the state of Washington was awarded a five-year federal systems change grant to kick-start their supported employment efforts via the Washington State Employment Initiative. Funding from this grant was used to develop training on best practices and to generate high-quality integrated employment supports among agencies. At the end of this five-year period, with state funding and support from state leadership, the Washington State Employment Initiative re-formed as WISE, an independent training and technical assistance (TA) organization. WISE now contracts with the Washington Developmental Disabilities Administration to provide ongoing, high-quality training and TA across the state and to prioritize an investment in innovation.
Bose, Jennifer and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "State Agency Promising Practice: Washington’s Investment in Robust Training and Technical Assistance" (2015). ThinkWork! Publications. 58.