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Employment First Policy

Resources and guidelines for educators, parents, and agencies that will assist transition age youth develop postsecondary goals that lead to competitive, integrated employment (CIE).

This section provides resources for implementing the Employment First Policy External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) and preparing youth with disabilities for competitive integrated employment (CIE).

This policy gives a new direction for the evolution of developmental services by establishing the value of work firmly within the Lanterman Act and makes it the “highest priority” that the developmental services system strives to make regular jobs, with regular pay, a real option for people with developmental disabilities.

Ideas for Implementing Employment First Activities

Employment First Report External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
The Employment First Report developed by the California’s State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Employment First Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab.
The Employment Data Dashboard presents data on how well California is doing in implementing California's Employment First Policy.

Office of Disability Employment Policy External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources for implementing Employment First.

Association of People Supporting Employment First External link opens in new window or tab.
Employment First resources.

California Employment Consortium for Youth (CECY) External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides products developed by CECY related to Employment First.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for Individuals with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab.
Describes the committee as a key part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Your Right to Integrated Competitive Employment External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Disability Rights California describes integrated competitive employment and the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Blueprint for Success External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Massachusetts blueprint for employing individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Questions:   Programs and Partnerships Unit | 916-327-0878
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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