In order to scale-up or enhance evidence based practices that support seamless transition, seven Missouri Pilot Communities were chosen through a competitive application process to test ideas on how to bring real and lasting change. Pilot communities developed plans tailored to their local needs and available resources. While each community has their own unique objective outcomes all pilot communities have the following outcome objectives:
Shorter Term Outcomes:
- Increased number of businesses providing early work experiences and/or inclusive employment to youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)
- Increased number of youth and young adults with I/DD who explore work and career preferences and opportunities through participation in a variety of early community work experiences.
- Increased collaboration and coordination of resources at the community level that support access to early work and inclusive employment opportunities for youth with I/DD.
Longer Term Outcome:
- Increased number of youth with I/DD who transition seamlessly upon high school graduation to inclusice employment and/or post-secondary education and training.
The Pilot Communities selected to receive funding, coaching, leadership training, and technical supports are:
- ACCESS II (Gallatin)
- L.I.F.E. Center for Independent Living (Farmington)
- Learning Opportunities/Quality Works Inc. (Monroe City)
- West Platte School District (Weston)
- Alternative Community Training (Columbia)
- Fort Zumwalt School District (St. Peters)
- United Cerebral Palsy (St. Joseph)