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CSU’s free seeker website helps match people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to meaningful jobs

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Beyond VocFit, Persch’s current studies include the development and validation of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory – Patient Reported Outcome app and an evaluation of virtual supported employment services for people with developmental disabilities in Colorado. . These studies are funded by the NIH and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

“Our mission is to improve post-secondary employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Persch said, adding that videos on VocFit.com website shows some of the impact. (The photos above of people who have benefited from the program are from these videos.)

“From an occupational therapy perspective, the job has so many added benefits,” Persch said. “Employment is tied to identity and meaning in life, socio-economics, happiness, health and social connections. So there are plenty of good reasons to try to emphasize and optimize employment.

Pennington said of the 35 young adults with disabilities in her first five years on the job, 31 got real full-time jobs. He said the others went to colleges or trade schools.

“I would recommend anyone working on developing a young adult with a disability, preparing them for employment, to really use this tool to their advantage so they can be more successful,” Pennington said. ” It is very simple. Simple.”

The Department of Occupational Therapy is part of CSU College of Health and Human Sciences.