Employment First - Changing Lives through Integrated Employment
Rhode Island is one of 46 states with some type of effort focused on Employment First. At least 19 Employment First states (including RI) have an official state policy: that employment in the community is the first and preferred service option for people with disabilities. Employment First promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals living with a disability. Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all citizens.
For an overview of Employment First, read the APSE Employment First Statement.