Our VR Y-TAC Team
Transition, Disability & Employment
Dahlia Shaewitz develops strategies and approaches to empower youth and adults with disabilities to create their futures and lead their communities to achieve greater inclusion. At the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), she oversees a portfolio of work that addresses the systems change and collaboration needed to connect people with disabilities to education and employment opportunities. Prior to joining IEL, Ms. Shaewitz led the Disability and Rehabilitation Practice Area at the American Institutes for Research to improve competitive employment outcomes for qualified adults with disabilities. She led knowledge translation activities to support researchers and practitioners to identify and use innovative strategies to improve the provision and effective use of health care services. Ms. Shaewitz led training for adults with disabilities and qualitative research and evaluation to measure the results of those efforts. She worked with vocational rehabilitation agencies to evaluate strategies to improve employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities; universities to develop in-person and online training for researchers, practitioners, and people with disabilities; private corporations to build greater awareness of the value of hiring people with disabilities; and other stakeholders to create a climate of full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of work including design, development, and implementation of products and processes.