Family Employment Awareness Training

From school to employment

 ... and all things between 

The Center on Community Living and Careers is proud to deliver Family Employment Awareness Trainings (FEAT) to Hoosier families, their young adults with disabilities, and the professionals who support them. 

Indiana is one of five states offering FEAT as a way to increase expectations and support for competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. FEAT’s goals are in keeping with those of the state of Indiana, which supports Employment First—real work in the community for real wages—as a first option for young adults transitioning from high school.

FEAT Indiana is designed to increase family, student, and professional knowledge of state, federal, and community resources that support employment. Training includes individual and group activities, discussions, pullout sessions for young adults, and presentations from local employers, entrepreneurs, and community resource agency members. FEAT training facilitators follow up with technical assistance sessions to support participants in taking steps toward achieving competitive integrated employment. 

Topics covered include:

  • Indiana’s Employment First policy;
  • Outside-the-box employment possibilities;
  • Success stories;
  • Family/parent role in supporting employment;
  • Transition to adulthood (healthcare, work, postsecondary education/training);
  • Employee and employer resources;
  • Information to support gaining and maintaining employment; and
  • Antidiscrimination laws.

Two Types of Family Employment Awareness Training

Both virtual (via Zoom) and face-to-face Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) are FREE and open to Indiana families, transition-age students and young adults with disabilities, and the professionals who support them.

  • Virtual FEAT participants receive links and passwords to Zoom sessions. For family convenience, sessions are often offered during the day and again in the evenings. Attendees can participate in either session. 
  • Face-to-face FEAT is two complete days of training, when attendees can learn from presenters and one another.  

Both virtual and face-to-face FEAT include a young adult session and a session featuring presentations from local agencies and resource representatives. 


FEAT 2024

Join us for the upcoming FEAT in-person trainings.  

Up Next:

To accommodate attendees, this two-day event will now be held in two locations. The Day 1 and Day 2 sessions cover different topics so we encourage you to join us for both.

  • April 19th - Carmel Clay Schools Administration Building, 5201 East Main Street Carmel, IN 46033
  • May 3rd - Washington Township Schools Administration Building, 8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46240

Register now!


Coming soon:

  • September 2024 - Lafayette, IN
  • October 2024 - Batesville, IN

Exact locations are TBD

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Family Employment Awareness Training, now available in five states, was developed by the Beach Center on Disabilities at the University of Kansas in partnership with Families Together, Inc.