Colleen McLaughlin Lead Workforce Strand and Co-authored Publications
for National Goals Conference
Colleen McLaughlin, MEd, Community Training and Technical Assistance Manager, was invited to be the Workforce Strand Leader and co-author a selection of publications for the National Goals in Research, Practice, and Policy Conference held in Washington, DC in August 2015. The Workforce Strand was one of 10 broad focus areas for which experts were invited to share information about the current knowledge base and gaps in information and to identify the vision for goals for research, practice, and policy moving forward.
National Goals 2015 resulted in the development of several products – a special issue of the journal Inclusion, a book, videos, and Issue Briefs. Publications and materials resulting from the National Goals effort are available at: http://aaidd.org/news-policy/policy/national-goals-2015.
The Workforce publications developed through National Goals 2015 emphasized the need to develop a stable and competent workforce to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can live fully engaged lives in the community. Workforce research goals were focused on the areas of recruitment and retention, competency development, and effectively supporting community inclusion.
The National Goals Conference was coordinated through a partnership between the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), The Arc of the United States, The Research and Training Center on Community Living-Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, The Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health-Institute on Disability and Human Development (Illinois UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Employment at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with the support of National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).