Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy


In an effort to turn Georgia toward policies that assist people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities recommends that Georgia “establish an ‘Employment First’ Policy in the agencies that support people with disabilities to work.”
The key points to achieving this goal include remembering that Employment First means:
 • “Policy and practice begins with the assumption that individuals can work.
 • People are paid fairly for work performed.
 • Individual’s status is the same as others performing same or similar work; Individuals do not have to be qualified as ‘ready’ to work, or have pre-requisite skills or training that is not required of other individuals performing the same or similar work.
 • Work takes place in integrated work settings in which most of the employees do not have disabilities and in which the individual interacts, on a regular basis in the performance of job duties, with employees who do not have disabilities.
 • Individuals receive fair and competitive wages and benefits. A competitive wage is commensurate to the job and responsibilities.
 • The responsibility of people to work is respected and their employment rights protected.”
State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities