Creating connections is an important PolicyWorks priority. It includes connecting individuals with disabilities to jobs, services and supports to help them live independently. It also includes connecting to other organizations to strengthen our collective impact, identify joint resources, and use existing resources more efficiently.
Whether working with individuals or with human service and advocacy agencies, PolicyWorks strongly believe that shared connections enable everyone to leverage resources and optimize outcomes. A prime example of this is our AccessCQ project which focus on the college to career connection. Through the use of peer mentors college student and recent graduates with disabilities are linked to information about the impact of work, community resources and accommodations and employment resources need that make that important “job” connection.
Another example of our commitment to connection and collaboration is CollaborationWorks, a PolicyWorks-led initiative that brings together organizations in the nonprofit, for profit and academic communities to address critical policy and programmatic challenges impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities.