Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations: Establishing an ‘Employment First’ Policy


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policies and Programs

“Pennsylvanians with a disability are valued members of society and have demonstrated that they are productive, contributing members of the workforce. There is dignity in work, and when people with a disability hold jobs and earn competitive wages they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community. However, far too many Pennsylvanians with a disability are not working. Many programs supported with public dollars have a great opportunity to promote and support work in which people with disabilities earn competitive wages and are integrated with people without disabilities.

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, entitled ‘Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability…’ The executive order directed the departments of Labor and Industry, Human Services, and Education to obtain stakeholder and business input and work with other agencies as appropriate to develop a plan within 120 days to implement the executive order. The order defines standards against which progress will be measured.”

  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
  • Department of Human Services
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