Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has supported state governments implement systems-change efforts to adopt Employment First principles, an approach that urges publicly-financed systems to align policies, service delivery practices, and reimbursement structures to commit to competitive integrated employment as the priority option for youth and adults with disabilities.
In order to better inform state efforts to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities of persons with disabilities, ODEP launched the National Employment First Online Data & Policy website in 2015. The purpose of this user-friendly site is to share information on state policies, practices, technical assistance initiatives, and outcomes that are focused directly or indirectly on the employment of individuals with disabilities. By visiting this site, State government leaders, policy-makers, disability advocates, and other stakeholders can learn about what is working in the area of Employment First.
ODEP hopes you will spend time reviewing the various dimensions of this unique platform and will use this to inform your own thinking about the potential of all individuals with disabilities to attain competitive integrated employment.