New York Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations 3/1/2015

New York

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policies and Programs

Everyone has the right to work. It is this underlying premise that is the driving force behind the development of an Employment First policy in New York State. On September 17, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to create a commission to establish an Employment First policy for New York State. The state seeks to build on important economic development investments the governor has made to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improving economy and have sustained opportunities to engage in the competitive labor market. Specifically, the state aims to increase the employment rate of individuals with disabilities by 5%; decrease the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities by a comparable 5%; and engage 100 businesses in adopting policies and practices that support the integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.

 This report outlines the recommendations of the Employment First Commission, which held two statewide public listening sessions and received verbal and written input from more than 30 advocacy, trade, and provider organizations, as well as several individuals.
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • NY Employment First Comission
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