Oregon’s Employment Support Website: Communicating the Employment First Policy


In 2009, the state of Oregon adopted its Employment First policy. When Oregon's Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) decided to promote the implementation of this policy, it began by updating its existing employment website. The redesigned website (http:// www.dhs.state.or.us/dd/supp_emp/) emphasizes the value of integrated employment over other outcomes, and the importance of building community-wide conversations, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for people with developmental disabilities. The website shares the value of integrated employment with all targeted audiences by highlighting resources and illustrating employment successes. It was also designed to share information on the Oregon's progress and concrete tools to help site users implement employment at the individual job seeker level. The website's new design makes it easy for visitors to find the information they need, and clearly shows DDS's commitment to Employment First.

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