Arizona Department of Education (2015). Arizona Employment First—Job opportunities build success: Strategic plan.


State Policies & Initiatives: 

Arizona’s Employment First key directions include working to: (1) “foster and maintain collaboration in order to increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities;” (2) “increase awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and advocate for their competitive employment;” (3) “prepare youth for competitive employment, especially in high potential employment sectors and including self-employment;” (4) “foster job creation, hiring, retention, promotion, and self-employment;” (5) “create and promote policies that lead to the successful employment of people with disabilities;” and (6) “foster the development of employment-focused supports.”



  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships