Helping State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (Councils) Accelerate their Employment First Systems-Change Efforts

The primary goal of Employment First– aligning policy, practice, and resources across multiple systems of government to prioritize competitive integrated employment (CIE) as the preferred outcome of publicly-financed supports and services — is no small endeavor. However, we are at a pivotal time with respect to the degree of federal focus around disability employment policy. The 2014 publication of the federal Home and Community Services Settings Rule and the subsequent passage of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act provided an unprecedented alignment of federal policy prioritizing the employment, independent living, and community integration of people with disabilities across education, workforce development, and long-term services and supports systems. Parallel to enactment of these landmark legislative and regulatory policies, several Olmstead v. LC settlement agreements related to state compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act prioritized access to employment in the most integrated setting and solidified a solid civil rights framework that would support bold and aggressive Employment First systems-change efforts across the country.

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September Newsletter

DETAC Monthly NewsletterIssue 4 |  2021 In this Issue: Check out our New Blog: Looking Inward ◆ New Resource: Using Discovery as a Tool to Increase Employment and Decrease Poverty in Partnership with Centers for Independent Living ◆ Additional TA Resources ◆

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August Newsletter

In this Issue:   New RISE Peer eLearning Community #3 ◆ New Podcast: From the Sheltered Workshop to Musical Mentor – A Conversation with Sunny Cefaratti ◆ New Blog from Nicole LeBlanc (DETAC Self-Advocate Engagement Adviser) ◆ New Technical Assistance Opportunity: Three-Part

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NASDDDS’ Policy Position Statement

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) issues official position in support of repealing section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Check it out here:

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