The Beach Center at the University of Kansas, in collaboration with Families Together, Inc., has developed and implemented a program entitled Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT). FEAT is a 2-part training: Part 1 - Building the Dream of Employment and Part 2 - Identifying and Accessing Employment-related Resources. The purpose of FEAT is to reach out to individuals with disabilities, their family members and service providers to increase expectations for competitive employment and awareness of the national and Kansas employment-related resources to support the employment of individuals with disabilities.
FEAT was developed using a "train-the-trainer" model in order to build capacity across the state. FEAT was funded through the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance using Medicaid Infrastructure Grant monies in 2010 and 2011. Following the completion of this project, Families Together, Inc. will include FEAT in their state-wide annual training series.
FEAT’s Key Training Principles
- Everyone with a disability can work when provided with the appropriate supports and services.
- Everyone with a disability can have a job that is both enjoyable and satisfying.
- Everyone with a disability will always make more money working than by relying on public benefits alone.
APSE is dedicated to improving integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
This website links to information and services of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offices for workers with disabilities.
is a statewide non-profit organization assisting Kansas families which include sons and/or daughters who have any form of disability.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities
This website offers a detailed explanation of the PASS program, samples and an online calculator that shows you how to calculate the impact of a PASS, information on the various kinds of income and expenses that can be used, PASS requirements for approval, and a tutorial on how to complete the application.
This is a summary guide to employment support for individuals with disabilities.
This website provides links and contact information for the One-Stop Centers.
These websites provide links and contacts to state offices of vocational rehabilitation.