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In 2007, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) partnered with the self-advocacy group People First of Connecticut to develop Employment Idol, an innovative project for promoting employment as the preferred outcome for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) in the state. Spinning off the concept of the popular television show American Idol, Connecticut’s Employment Idol showcases the employment success stories of a select group of individuals with ID/DD.
Cox, Monica and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "State Agency Promising Practice: Connecticut Showcases Creative Jobs with “Employment Idol”" (2009). ThinkWork! Publications. 81.