DiscoverAbility NJ

New Jersey

~~“Within the  past decade, considerable scholarly and applied research reports have described the barriers to employment and economic independence faced by people with disabilities. Despite many government efforts and research that provides compelling reasons for hiring people with disabilities, the rates of employment for New Jersey residents with disabilities remain unacceptably low. In New Jersey, as in the United States as a whole, residents with disabilities are half as likely as those without disabilities to be employed. Among those individuals in the state with a disability who are employed, both earnings and household incomes are lower than their non-disabled counterparts.

To reemphasize New Jersey’s concern and commitment to address these issues, New Jersey has developed DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Create a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities. This plan, which will become a core element of the state’s Strategic Unified Workforce Investment Plan, provides New Jersey with a shared vision and a strategic roadmap toward building a more comprehensive system of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. The plan is meant to be visionary, directional, and ambitious yet attainable — requiring coordination and cooperation, public/private partnerships, community and consumer support as well as state leadership to achieve its goals. The plan reflects a culmination of thought, advice, input, and interest from a wide variety of stakeholders including people with disabilities and their families, employers, government agencies, community-based service providers, researchers and scholars, and others interested in employment and disability issues. DiscoverAbility builds on the state’s longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities, while incorporating contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities and improve employment and economic outcomes. The plan is a clear roadmap to change but is also a fluid and evolving document. It puts forth a vision that reflects the desired  ”ideal state,” and a mission that reflects what New Jersey hopes to achieve through implementation of this plan.”

 

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Partnerships
Systems: 
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics: 
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Date Enacted: 
01/15/2005
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