Individuals With Disabilities in Nebraska Are Going to Work

Nebraska

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Partnerships

~~“A national organization that promotes meaningful employment, fair wages and career advancement for people with disabilities is recognizing the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for efforts in Nebraska to move toward competitive integrated employment, a vision that all people have a right to be employed in the general workforce.  The Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) champions moving individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into the competitive workplace….

Nebraska is also significantly ahead of the national average for employment for people with any disability, at 48%, compared to the national average of just 34%. 

More than 112,000 Nebraskans with disabilities, ages 18 to 64, are employed.

Individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities in the workforce in Nebraska receive coordinated employment services through Vocational Rehabilitation, a partnership between Nebraska VR within the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and DHHS.  The partnership works toward competitive integrated employment that includes pay at or above minimum wage that is not less than what others without a disability are receiving for the same type of job at a location where the employee interacts with other employees without disabilities in comparable positions and has opportunities for advancement, when appropriate.”

Systems: 
  • Other
Topics: 
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Other: 
  • Department of Health and Human Services, APSE
Date Enacted: 
05/14/2019
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