What Is Employment First?
Employment First is...
- The belief that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. (DOL, ODEP)
- The belief that employment in the general workforce should be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities. (APSE)
- The right to competitive integrated employment.
- The right to earn a living.
- Real jobs for real pay.
“Employment First is the next chapter in the civil rights of people with disabilities” – APSE
History of Employment First Movement