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Press Release: Legislative Forum to Address Employment and Community Inclusion for People with Disabilities in MA

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Originally published: 1/2018

Boston, MA: On Thursday, January 18, at 10:00 AM, the Institute for Community Inclusion, or ICI, will be presenting a legislative forum on employment and community inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in MA. The event will be held at the Massachusetts State House, and will be hosted by Representative Chris Walsh.

This forum will provide legislators, their staff, and other stakeholders with an update on the employment picture for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as ways that the state can improve these outcomes in the future.

John Butterworth, PhD, Director of Employment Systems Change at the ICI, will provide an update on employment for people with IDD nationally. Cindy Thomas, ICI’s Associate Director, will share what is being done here in Massachusetts. Jennifer Sulewski, PhD, Senior Research Associate, will expand the conversation to talk about community life engagement: activities that people with IDD do in their communities while not engaged in paid employment.

“This is an exciting opportunity to share with legislators and their staff the important work that is underway in MA to support individuals with IDD,” said Thomas. “Most people with disabilities want to go to work and to fully engage in their communities. I hope that this is just the beginning of our partnership with the legislature to ensure that efforts to improve inclusion in MA are based on best practices in our field.”

The ICI is a research and training institute based at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It is affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital, and is part of the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, started by President John F. Kennedy.

Contact: Quinn Barbour, quinn.barbour@umb.edu

ICI website: communityinclusion.org

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities