The University of Vermont offers a variety of educational opportunities for those interested in the quality of life across the lifespan for people with disabilities.

These opportunities are open to developmental service professionals, self-advocates, family members, and UVM students who work or study in the field of employment for people with disabilities.

Supported Employment is a concept that allows people with significant disabilities to become employed and included in the community workforce. UVM’s Center on Disability and Community Inclusion provides training and technical assistance to supported employment programs and high school transition programs throughout the state of Vermont.

The Supported Employment Training Series is scheduled to formally launch in the summer of 2019. This program is offered for professional development (non-credit) and university credit (dates offered TBD). Our Supported Employment Training Series is the first of four groups of training’s in adult services that are in development for this purpose. Expansion into the other three areas is scheduled for 2020, dates are TBD.

This new Supported Employment Training Series is designed to expand on the content of our original trainings, so that participants will be challenged to delve deeper into the issues, best-practice solutions, and innovations in the field of adult services. The curriculum addresses essential competencies as defined by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The four broad competency areas as defined by ACRE are:

  • Application of Core Values and Principles to Practice
  • Individualized Assessment and Employment/Career Planning
  • Community Research and Job Development
  • Workplace and Related Supports

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) has been providing training and technical assistance through the Supported Employment Project for over 25 years. CDCI is Vermont’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. It is one of 67 centers across the country funded by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. CDCI coordinates several grants and projects designed to increase the inclusion of adults with disabilities in the workplace.