The Beach Center on Disability developed and implemented, in collaboration with Families Together, Inc., 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 knowledge of federal and Kansas state employment resources available to increase and support the competitive employment of individuals with disabilities.
FEAT was developed using a "train-the-trainer" model in order to build capacity across Kansas. We developed FEAT with funding from the Kansas Division of Health Care Finance using Medicaid Infrastructure Grant monies in 2010 through 2012. In 2013, the Beach Center on Disability was awarded a NIDRR Field initiated grant, Assessing Family Employment Awareness Training, to conduct more rigorous research on the effectiveness of FEAT.
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.