Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) for Chinese American Families

Project Goal: 

Through FEAT, people with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals who serve them increase their expectations for competitive employment. FEAT introduces families to employment possibilities by giving them knowledge, discussion, and real-life success stories. And it shows them the resources they have available to help them achieve it. This project will focus on reaching the underserved Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities.

Project Summary: 

The Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) is a non-profit organization based in New York city. With the help of the FEAT consulting team from Indiana University, they adapt and deliver FEAT to reach the local community. They raise awareness for developmental disabilities services as well as employment possibilities and services available in their community. This organization, which already has strong ties to this historically underserved community, is best positioned to find and reach families who need the training as well as speakers for these trainings. By bringing this evidence-based practice to New York we help families understand the employment possibilities their loved one can achieve and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities across the state.

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Key Activities: 

  • Receive training on adapting and delivering FEAT in their local context
  • Build the capacity of the Chinese American community to understand and use state services including disability and employment services
  • Find relevant community speakers for trainings
  • Pilot FEAT programming
  • Adapt and improve trainings as necessary
  • Compile a final Sustainability Plan for the CDD, which includes identification of specific strategies to sustain the program beyond the life of the grant.

Project Start: July 1, 2023

Geographic Reach: OPWDD Region 4

Current Status: Active