Director, Lead Consultant
Phone: +1 612-625-1098
Address: Institute on Community Integration, Room 2-323 MIDB, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Amy Hewitt, lead consultant and director of Direct Support Workforce Solutions, has an extensive background and work history in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the University of Minnesota, she is the director of the Institute on Community Integration and directs several federal and state research, evaluation, and demonstration projects in the area of community long-term services and supports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. She currently has research projects that focus on community living, autism, outcome measurement, direct support workforce development, person-centered planning/thinking, and positive behavior support. Amy has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles, curriculum, and technical reports and she co-authored the books Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training and Critical Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Contemporary Research, Practice and Policy, and a soon-to-be-published Community for All: Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Amy is on the editorial board of Inclusion and an associate editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is a past president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and current vice president of the board of directors for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Amy earned a bachelor’s in political science and psychology and a master’s degree in social work at Indiana University and a doctorate in social work at the University of Minnesota.