Family Employment Awareness Training

Realizing the Possibilities

Family Employment Awareness Training: From school to employment and everything in between 

The Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) is collaborating with IN*SOURCE, Indiana’s parent training and information center, to deliver Family Employment Awareness Trainings (FEAT) to Hoosier families, their young adults with disabilities, and the professionals who support them. This new training series is sponsored by the AWS Foundation.

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 training is designed to increase family, student, and professional knowledge of state, federal, and community resources that support employment. The two days of training include 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.

Fall 2020 Family Employment Awareness Training Now Online!

This October, we're offering all of the components of our regular Family Employment Awareness (FEAT) training online. Training is FREE and open to Indiana adults or transition-age youth with disabilities and their supporters.

FEAT participants will receive links and passwords to Zoom sessions that begin October 20 and finish on October 30.

General Sessions

6-7:30 p.m., Eastern Time

  • October 20 Introduction/Transition in Indiana
  • October 21 Supported/Customized Employment
  • October 22 Transition Services/Process
  • October 23 Local Stories of Employment Services
  • October 26 Employer and Employee Supports
  • October 27 Resources and Benefits
  • October 28 Work Incentives and Asset Development
  • October 29 Anti-Discrimination
  • October 30 Local Agency and Resource Presenters

Young Adult Sessions

6-7:30 p.m., Eastern Time

  • October 23 Session 1
  • October 30 Session 2

For more information, see the FEAT flyer from IN*SOURCE. Or register now for one or all sessions!


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.