The Arc Wisconsin is advocating for passage of LRB 0753, the Employment First bill, which makes competitive integrated employment a priority for state agencies that provide employment services to people with disabilities. The bill requires the Department of Workforce Development to collaborate with the department of Public Instruction and Health Services and other agencies to develop a plan to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities.
The Arc Indiana has successfully advocated for passage of SB 390, the Employment First bill, which makes competitive integrated employment the priority in Indiana’s disability service programs. Betty Williams, The Arc Indiana’s Consumer Education and Training Coordinator, spoke at the signing ceremony, noting: “I want you to think about how having a job makes you feel…Having a job means you have a reason to get up in the morning.”
The Arc of Tennessee is actively involved in Governor Bill Haslam’s Employment First Task Force and facilitates monthly family support meetings around the topic of employment in each grand region of the state. The chapter also conducts workshops for local chambers of commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management on the “Business Case for Employment” to educate businesses about the benefits of hiring people with I/DD.
The Arc of Colorado conceived of and found sponsors for SB 77, recently signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. This law requires multiple state agencies to work through the State Rehabilitation Council to develop an Employment First policy that increases competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. These agencies will develop a strategic plan to incentivize employers to hire individuals with I/DD and provide training and support for people with disabilities to identify, secure, and maintain community based jobs in integrated settings.