Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy

Washington DC

State Policies & Initiatives: 

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Date Enacted: