This brief is the first in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model. It examines the background of circumstances under which Employment First efforts began in seven states, and introduces each state’s values, mission, and goals around increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. States may use the lessons in this brief to develop an Employment First policy, or to evolve existing efforts. Findings include:
Since 1988, Access to Integrated Employment has described trends in day and employment services and outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This research project explores the factors that contribute to employment outcomes at multiple levels: individual achievement, employment support practices, service provider engagement, and state policy reform.
Access to Integrated to Employment is funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration on Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Browse all of our publications below, or explore Access to Integrated Employment projects by clicking the following links:
Projects supported by Access to Integrated Employment include:
A compilation of federal and self-collected data sets, StateData.info allows users to generate customized charts, conduct their own analyses, and download raw data about disability and employment.
National Survey of State IDD Agencies' Day and Employment Services
This annual survey describes the nature of day and employment services for individuals with IDD. Read summaries of previously collected data.
State Agency Promising Practices
This promising practices database highlights innovative policies and strategies that state IDD agencies are using to increase integrated employment opportunities.
Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Promising Practices
The national landscape is changing, with an increasing emphasis on community employment opportunities for individuals with IDD. This activity focuses on community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) engaged in practices that reflect individual integrated employment as a priority outcome.Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Promising Practices
Real People, Real Jobs
Real People, Real Jobs shares stories of people with IDD who are thriving in competitive jobs in their communities. The stories highlight these individuals’ achievements, and also showcase how state agency staff have helped them get hired and maintain fulfilling careers.
State Profiles of Employment First Implementation
These profiles advance ICI’s work cataloguing and analyzing state Employment First initiatives, legislation, and policies. Project staff are developing a cross-state summary of state performance, policy, and strategy, as well as barriers and opportunities experienced while implementing an Employment First approach.
Stay tuned for links to the profiles.
National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers
The National Survey of CRPs began in 1993, and collects data on CRP characteristics, service distribution, and employment outcomes. The survey is implemented approximately every 5 years, most recently in 2014–2015.
New Blue Book is here
StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes
Access the latest information about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both national and state-level statistics are included.Download the PDF here*
Download the report narrative, no tables (Accessible PDF)