Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities: Position Statement on Integrated Employment

Nevada


Work is a fundamental part of adult life, and the benefits of integrated employment for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) have been clearly demonstrated. It gives us a sense of purpose; shaping who we are and how we fit into our community. Nevadans with IDD must not be deprived of the opportunity to work within the general workforce and make a meaningful contribution. Individuals in the labor force have a positive financial impact on our economy, generating income that is ultimately returned in the form of tax revenues. There is literature filled with examples of the benefits and Return on Investment (ROI) when individuals with IDD are working and contributing vocationally in their community. Our state is becoming more diverse and Nevadans with IDD should be included in diversifying the workforce. This can be achieved through established supported employment practices. Improving employment outcomes for Nevadans with IDD at the state level requires a holistic approach that communicates a clear message, incorporates policy change, funding, capacity development, interagency partnerships, outcome measurement and service innovation.

 

 

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policy
Systems: 
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics: 
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
Date Enacted: 
05/21/2014
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