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 September 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 September 14 and finish September 28. The sessions, listed below, will each be offered twice on the date listed, once from 9-10:30 a.m. and again from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees can participate in either session. 

FEAT also includes a young adult session and a session featuring presentations from local agencies and resource representatives. 

  • Tuesday, September 14 – A New Path: Exploring “Outside-the-Box Job Possibilities” Using Supported and Customized Employment
  • Wednesday, September 15 – Individualizing Employment Possibilities: The Transition to Adulthood and the IEP
  • Thursday, September 16 – Transition Services/Supports Available for Employees and Employers
  • Tuesday, September 21 – Maintaining Employment: Resources and Medicaid
  • Wednesday, September 22 – Working and Maintaining Needed Benefits
  • Thursday, September 23 – State and Local Agencies and Resources
  • Tuesday, September 28 – Plan for Employment
  • Tuesday, September 28 (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 5-6:00 p.m.) – Youth Session

Local presenters featured on September 23 are from Whitley County (9-10:30 a.m.) and Allen County (6-7:30 p.m.).

Register for one or all sessions on the FEAT registration link.  For more information, see the Family Employment Awareness Training flyer from IN*SOURCE or email them at


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.