Federal Legal Framework that Supports Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities

Understanding the rights of individuals with disabilities and the responsibility of state and local entities to comply with the civil rights obligations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can provide a framework to support the implementation of Employment First initiatives in states. The following brief highlights various legal actions by Federal enforcement agencies that have significant implications for how states prioritize and deliver services for individuals with disabilities. These actions relate to the organization, financing, and provision of employment and long-term services and supports consistent with an Employment First framework, and reinforce the principle that competitive, integrated employment is a critical component for citizens with disabilities in developing a full and meaningful life in the community.

This technical brief is the second of a four-part series highlighting current Federal policies, regulations, resources, and the legal framework that collectively promote Employment First initiatives across the country.

  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation