Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #182
CE Offered: BACB
Strategies and Challenges in Vocational Service Delivery for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Sunday, May 26, 2019
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Hyatt Regency West, Lobby Level, Crystal Ballroom B
Area: DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Saul Axelrod, Ph.D.
Chair: Lois Meszaros (full member)
SAUL AXELROD (Temple University)
TERENCE G. BLACKWELL (Chimes International Limited)
KAORI G. NEPO (Chimes International)

There has been abundant research identifying evidence-based interventions for children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). As a result, the funding to support high-quality services is often available for youth with IDD. To the contrary, there have been few studies attempting to identify evidence-based practices for adults with IDD, meaning that high-quality services for adults with IDD are often unavailable. Vocational support is critical for promoting the maximum level of independence of adults with IDD. Given limited resources, it has been difficult to identify a literature of evidence-based interventions that will lead to higher quality lives for people with IDD. Additionally, common misconceptions and a lack of knowledge regarding individuals with disabilities by the general public adversely affects employment opportunities for people with IDD regardless of their ability to meet job requirements. In this session, the expert panelists will discuss the challenges and strategies of implementing vocational related evidence-based services for adults with IDD. The topics include: collaboration with employers, supported employment, staff training, the use of technology, developing a vocational manual, navigating policies and regulations, and coordinating the contingencies involving service providers, individuals with disabilities, and stakeholders, including parents and funding agencies. The panelists will then open the floor for further discussion of strategies and service delivery options for adults with IDD.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

BCBAs and BCaBAs

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will identify a strategy to maximize the potential of adults with IDD. 2. Attendees will identify a challenge in vocational service delivery for adults with IDD 3. Attendees will identify an area of improvement in current issues in vocational service for adults with IDD
Keyword(s): Aults, employment, IDD, service delivery



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