What Is Employment First?

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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