What is the status of Employment First?
There are 46 states with some type of effort focused on Employment First. At least 19 of these states have an official state policy, stating that employment in the community is the first and preferred service option for people with disabilities.
Thanks to the APSE Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs, Derek Nord and David Hoff, there is now an interactive map of Employment First activities across the country!
This provides an excellent resource for everyone involved in the Employment First movement including, but not limited to: individuals with disabilities, family members, employers, employment providers, state vocational rehabilitation staff, state developmental disability staff, educators, policymakers, researchers and general community members.