The Employment First Position Paper represents a statewide initiative to promote the values and principles of Employment First which is
a declaration of both philosophy and practice- this is North Carolina's vision:
“Employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all citizens with disabilities regardless of level of disability, in a job of their choosing with supports and accommodations provided as necessary to achieve and maintain employment.”
*****READ the draft Resolution Statement here*****
What is Employment First?
Employment First is an “umbrella” term where states and programs align to emphasize the importance of employment services focusing on “ability” versus “disability.” It does not mean that employment is the only outcome for all; rather, that employment is the expectation, not the exception.
Some of the goals and guiding principles of Employment First include:
Appropriate accommodations and supports
Resources for youth in transition
Resources for self-employment
Employer education and awareness
Employment-enhancing education and career advancement
Asset development and overcoming poverty
How can you help?
Campaign: Distribute the paper- and share this webpage and Facebook page- to friends, families, coworkers, North Carolina state government agencies, school
systems, councils, legislators, advocacy groups,
committees, peer supporters, self-advocates, Local Managing Entities/Managed Care Organizations, community
rehabilitation programs/employment service providers, behavioral health service providers, business networks/employers, and any other group that has a stake in the
employment services continuum.
Endorsement: If your organization supports the values and principles of Employment First and wishes to endorse this document, email us at: employmentfirstNC@gmail.com
Provide a contact name, title, organization, phone number and email address. Your organization’s name will be added to our endorsement list at the end of this paper. As we move forward, we will also be seeking assistance for the implementation process.