The Utah Pathways to Careers model has been designed to serve 60 individuals with I/DD from three targeted groups: 20 students over the age of 18 who are enrolled in Davis School District (DSD) special education transition classes, 20 individuals working for PARC in the facility-based employment of choice (EOC) setting, and 20 individuals on the Medicaid Waiver Waiting List in Davis County, Utah.
The project objectives are:
• Identify each intern’s unique skills and interests through an expanded “discovery” process that supports the selection of paid internships or customized self-employment;
• Provide experiential learning opportunities for participants through 8-12 week paid internships in integrated work settings in a wide range of community jobs with significant post-internship employment potential;
• Create an attractive and effective incentive for employers to offer (and provide) integrated, community employment to interns during and after internships;
• Ensure that those eligible to participate in the Pathways project can choose to do so without fear of losing their state and medical benefits during the internships;
• Ensure that decisions made by interns about employment (including any decision to engage (or not engage) in integrated, community employment) are informed.