Employment First Planning Guide


“Supported employment is an alternative to traditional sheltered and competitive employment approaches. It is an attempt to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities and is based on fundamentally different principles and assumptions. The supported work model assumes that all individuals, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities, should have the opportunity and support to work in the community. There are no pre-requisite skills needed for community job success. Therefore, the task is not to identify and place “work ready” individuals, but rather to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation