Oliver Lyons's research while affiliated with University of Massachusetts Amherst and other places

Publications (7)

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Recent national and state-level policy changes have created an imperative for service providers to transform from sheltered work to competitive integrated employment. The current study sought to understand the impact of participation in a 1-year, comprehensive technical assistance pilot designed to support service providers to transform away from s...
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While the benefits of community life engagement (CLE) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) are clear, high-quality day services and supports remain largely undefined. This study interviewed “experts” in the field of CLE in order to seek agreement about what constitutes “best practices” for day services and supports t...
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BACKGROUND: Federal legislation has called for the phasing out of sheltered workshops and the transition to integrated employment, causing providers to struggle with how to adapt their model towards providing community integration services. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to identify the essential characteristics of successful organizational transformat...
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Background: A key step for increasing the employment outcomes of job seekers with disabilities includes ensuring that employment consultants who assist them have the tools to succeed, including feedback about how they are performing. Objective: Supporting employment consultants in their work with job seekers by providing feedback about the implemen...
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Interviews with 16 employment consultants-triangulated with job seekers, family members, and supervisors-revealed a model of employment supports aligned with the elements described in the literature, although with an added emphasis on (a) building trust as a key element starting from day one; (b) a circular process converging on the job match; (c)...
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BACKGROUND: States have moved toward defunding sheltered workshops and supporting the transformation towards integrated competitive employment and inclusive day services. As a result, many local service providers have been challenged to consider how they will transform their services in order to provide fully inclusive work and community life engag...

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... Research shows a need to improve the implementation of national standards of effective employment supports. For example, a recent study found that employment consultants invest on average only about 30% of their time delivering services that lead to hire (i.e., 2 hours and 24 minutes per day) including getting to know job seekers, finding jobs, and other supports before hire ( Fig. 1; Butterworth et al., 2020;Migliore et al., 2018). ...
... Secondly, given the variety of stakeholders involved, transition strategies would benefit from being organised into an easy-to-communicate and easy-to-understand model available to all stakeholders concerned (cf. Migliore et al., 2018). Supervising teachers could serve as a driving force in raising awareness on intellectual disabilities and being a link between different stakeholder groups, given their key role in matching students to various workplaces (which requires recurrent contacts with different employers), and to monitor and assess students' performances and abilities to interact with working cultures (Ineland et al., 2021). ...
... They also perceived higher psychological demands, fewer job (job decision latitude) and interpersonal (social support from colleagues) resources, and less work engagement. These results offer support to those in favor of transforming the initiatives of sheltered workshops into more inclusive employment services [85]. However, and in line with previous studies [38][39][40][41][42]53,54,86], most of the workers experienced high levels of job satisfaction. ...