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.

Register Now for February March 2021 Family Employment Awareness Training!

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

FEAT participants will receive links and passwords to Zoom sessions that begin February 16 and finish on March 25.  FEAT includes two young adult sessions and two sessions featuring presentations from local agencies and resource representatives. 

New in February/March! Each FEAT session will be offered three times during the day--morning from 9-10:30 a.m., afternoon from noon-1p.m., and in the evening from 6-7:30 p.m. All times listed are Eastern Time. You can move between the session times, depending on your availability that day.

Local presenters featured on March 2 and March 23 are from Wabash (morning sessions), Angola (afternoon sessions), and Fort Wayne (evening sessions). 

  • February 16 Introduction/Transition in Indiana
  • February 18 Supported/Customized Employment
  • February 23 Transition Services/Process
  • February 25 Young Adult Session 1
  • Local Stories of Employment Services
  • March 4 Employer and Employee Supports
  • March 9 Resources and Benefits
  • March 11 Work Incentives and Asset Development
  • March 16 Anti-Discrimination
  • March 18 Young Adult Session 2
  • March 23 Local Agency and Resource Presenters
  • March 25 Plan for Employment

For more information, see the FEAT information and registration page on the IN*SOURCE website. 


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.