Show-Me-Careers: Missouri's transition to employment collaborative

Thomas McVeigh, Amelia Reighard, Arden Day, Derrick Willis, Michelle Reynolds, Ronda Jenson, Jane John, Ryan Gee

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BACKGROUND: The Show-Me-Careers initiative focused on scaling-up and sustaining evidence-based practices that support seamless transitions to integrated employment for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A Leadership Consortium of systems partners and stakeholders developed six Guiding Principles grounded in current research and best practices regarding transition to integrated employment which provided a framework to identify, expand, and share effective school to work practices. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses the characteristics and impact of the Show-Me-Careers initiative in Missouri. CONCLUSION: The principles also allowed the Consortium to review and identify policy, practice, and other changes that were necessary to support the expansion of these practices statewide. The project sought to improve cross-systems strategies to transition within local communities which could be replicated throughout Missouri. In support of this, the Consortium selected eight communities who received funding, technical assistance, and mentoring to scale-up practices related to the Guiding Principles in their communities. The overall approach of the project to address both state and community level systems change was informed by a "Practice Informing Policy-Policy Enabling Practice" framework. The policies and strategies related to the Guiding Principles, implemented by the communities, informed and supported state level change related to transition. Likewise, state level policies and strategies related to the Guiding Principles enabled the implementation of effective community level practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-350
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Transition
  • career planning
  • developmental disability
  • early work experience
  • integrated employment
  • intellectual disability
  • young adults with disabilities
  • youth with disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy


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