Employment First: When Everyone Works, Everyone Wins


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building

~~“Chronic unemployment and underemployment of persons with disabilities have huge social costs. According  to a June 2015 news release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 17.1 percent of persons with a disability were employed; in contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 64.6 percent. (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/disabl.nr0.htm 
External Link , retrieved August 10, 2015.) Shocking? Yes, shocking — and unnecessary.
Employment First is a philosophy and public policy in Delaware and many other states. Employment First means that competitive employment - the same kind of employment that most people have - should be the first choice for persons with disabilities. The Employment First Oversight Commission exists for the purpose of making that happen."

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  • Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission
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