Workforce Development

A young man with Down syndrome takes a muffin tin out of the oven.

The Workforce Development Project is designed to build capacity of the developmental disabilities workforce to provide high-quality services and supports that promote independence, inclusion and self-determination for youths and adults with disabilities.

Through collaboration with national, state, local and community partners, we aim to build a more inclusive workforce in the developmental disabilities field that empowers individuals, employers and communities to meet the evolving needs of people with disabilities.

What we provide

Training and professional development

We provide comprehensive training programs tailored to the needs of professionals working in the developmental disabilities field. Our workshops, seminars and online courses cover a wide range of topics, including person-centered practice, assistive technology, employment service approaches, behavioral support strategies, cultural competence and more.

Technical assistance and consultation

Our team of experts offers technical assistance and consultation services to employers seeking to improve their practices and enhance their capacity to serve individuals with disabilities. Whether you need guidance on program development, policy implementation or quality improvement initiatives, we’re here to help.

Research and innovation

We conduct cutting-edge research to advance knowledge and best practices in the field of developmental disabilities. Through our research initiatives, we seek to identify emerging trends, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and develop innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Community engagement

We work closely with individuals with disabilities, families, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to ensure their lived experiences and perspectives inform our work. By fostering collaboration and partnerships within the community, we strive to create inclusive environments where all individuals can thrive.