Bringing Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) to New York

Project Goal: 

FEAT has been implemented in several states. It introduces families employment possibilities by giving them knowledge, discussion, and real-life success stories. Through FEAT, people with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals who serve them increase their expectations for competitive employment. And FEAT shows them the resources they have available to help them achieve it.

Project Summary: 

The FEAT consulting team operates out of Indiana University and is led by Dr. Judith Gross. Judith and her team work with organizations to adapt and implement FEAT in their local context. In New York the FEAT team will be working with the Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) to bring FEAT to underserved populations in New York. Through individualized trainings and technical assistance, the FEAT team will help CPC to find specific local resources and examples as well as adapt the training to better serve the specific cultural context it is in. By bringing this evidence-based practice to New York we can improve help families understand the employment possibilities their loved one can achieve and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities across the state.

Find out more about the Indiana University FEAT program.

Read the Press Release.

Key Activities:

  • Train New York organizations to adapt and deliver FEAT
  • Provide ongoing support and technical assistance to local organizations
  • Facilitate communication and knowledge-sharing between organizations administering FEAT
  • Assist organization with long-term project sustainability options

Project Start: July 1, 2023

Geographic Reach: OPWDD Region 4

Current Status: Active