South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First

South Dakota

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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