For Policy Makers

RespectAbility is delighted to offer policy makers, reporters and other leaders links to information that can help you learn about employment issues regarding people with disabilities. Below you will find state-by-state disability statistics, as well as various op-eds and news pieces on employing people with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who is looking for a job, please see our separate resource page with that information.

RespectAbility, along with Best Buddies, The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and National Organization on Disability (NOD), created the Disability Employment First Planning Toolkit as a resource for states, workforce development boards and agencies. RespectAbility also offers a variety of webinars and other training opportunities.

See our testimony to the United States Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The testimony includes key factors regarding how the new WIOA law is implemented to expand jobs for people with disabilities. Given that these discussions can impact $17 BILLION a year of how our tax money impacts workforce development, it is vital to use best practices, as outlined state by state below as well.

Disability and Job Data By State

  • Alabama: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Alaska: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Arizona: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Arkansas: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • California: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Colorado: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Connecticut: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • DC: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.
  • Delaware: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Download RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Florida: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Georgia: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Download RespectAbility’s Public Comments on Georgia’s WIOA State Plan.
  • Hawaii: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Idaho: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Illinois: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Indiana: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Download RespectAbility’s Public Comments on Indiana’s WIOA State
  • Iowa: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s Public Comments on Iowa’s WIOA State Planhere and updated here.
  • Kansas: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Kentucky: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Louisiana: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Maine: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Maryland: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Download RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Massachusetts: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Michigan: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Download RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Minnesota: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Mississippi: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Missouri: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Download RespectAbility’s Public Comments on Missouri’s WIOA Combined State Plan here.
  • Montana: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Nebraska: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Nevada: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • New Hampshire: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s Public Comments on New Hampshire’s WIOA Plan
  • New Jersey: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • New Mexico: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • New York: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • North Carolina: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • North Dakota: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Ohio: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Oklahoma: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Oregon: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s Public Comments here.
  • Pennsylvania: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Rhode Island: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • South Carolina: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • South Dakota: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Tennessee: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Texas: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Utah: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Vermont: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Virginia: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Washington: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • West Virginia: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.
  • Wisconsin: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here. Read RespectAbility’s public comments on Wisconsin’s state plan here.
  • Wyoming: Download the PDF here. Download the PPT here.Read RespectAbility’s public comments here.

RespectAbility’s Disability Employment First Planning Tool: Download the PDF.

RespectAbility Illinois Employment First Comments: Download the PDF here.

Gaps and Opportunities in the WIOA State Plans: View here.

Mathematica Policy Research – Promising Occupations for Low-Income Families by State: View here.

Download the Top 5 Reasons Why WIOA Matters to People with Disabilities

Download the Top 10 Things to Know about WIOA and Jobs for People with Disabilities

Download the RespectAbility WIOA State Plan Checklist

Download the RespectAbility Testimony to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities here.

Download the RespectAbility Testimony to the New York State Employment First Commission here.

Download the RespectAbility Testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee here.

Facts & Links for Leaders:

Total Disabled Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Beneficiaries, Ages 18-64 by State: Kaiser Family Foundation

Total SSI Beneficiaries by State: Social Security Administration

Find Disability Statistics for Your State Here:

Overall best practices from US Chamber and USBLN:https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/documents/files/020709_DisabilityInclusion_final.pdf

Outstanding academic work on best practices for employment of people with disabilities (large private sector focus):Cornell Employment and Disability Institute

Employer Spotlight: Read about employers’ successful practices for outreach, recruitment, hiring, and accommodating workers with disabilities— www.askearn.org

States as Model Employers

Incorporating Disability into Diversity Plans
Employer Spotlight: Read about employers’ successful practices for outreach, recruitment, hiring, and accommodating workers with disabilities.

 

Heldrich Center outlines Model Employer Programs

Sample Model employers:

Model programs for transition from school to work:

National Governors Association “A Better Bottom Line: Employment of People with Disabilities”

Report from National Technical Assistance and Research Center: Ready and Able

RELIAS Learning: Disability Overview

The Job Accommodation Network: www.askjan.org

Employer Assistance Resource Network: www.askEARN.org

States as Model Employers

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

Incorporating Disability into Diversity Plans

Report of US Senate HELP committee on disability unemployment:

http://www.harkin.senate.gov/documents/pdf/500469b49b364.pdf

Poll of 3800 People in the Disability Community on Employment issues/barriers

Report of employer experiences: Virginia Commonwealth University

Government Accountability Office Identifies 45 Programs that Support PWDs: U.S. GAO

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

CNBC coverage of employment of PWDs: Walgreens and Kessler

News pieces

OPEDs on Jobs for PWDs

Employment first resource list:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/118add_8cac50e4d77b3655b2c4fc5073573161.pdf

Conference on inclusive employment of PwDs with Gov. Jack Markell of DE

Employment of PwDs Summit with Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa:

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/APPS/AR/D6077327-A0C8-49DA-B8A5-5810D69C61FD/ED-%20Voc%20Rehab%20Comm%20Rehab%20Programs%20_12_9_13.pdf

Summit on employment of PwDs with Gov. Scott Walker of WI:

http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/newsroom/presselease/working-wisconsin-governor-scott-walker-announces-workforce-development

APSE PUBLICATIONS

  1. APSE Employment First Website Section: Section of website devoted to Employment First with array of information and resources – www.apse.org/employmentfirst
  2. APSE Employment First Statement: Statement outlining principles of Employment First – www.apse.org/employmentfirst/statement.cfm
  3. APSE Employment First White Paper: “Establishing a National Employment First Agenda” paper from APSE – http://www.apse.org/employmentfirst/whitepaper.cfm

Alliance for Full Participation: The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) site contains a number of Employment First documents and updates from various states on their Employment First activities – www.allianceforfullparticipation.org

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Article – Employment First: A Beginning Not an End: August 2011 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities journal article summarizing the principles of Employment First – http://aaiddjournals.org/toc/mere/49/4    

NACDD Report – The Time is Now: Embracing Employment First: November 2011 report from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, providing an overview of Employment First, with a particular focus on DD Council efforts – http://www.maineapse.org/docs/Employment-First-FINAL-Nov-13-2011-PRINT.pdf

NASDDS Article – Workers First: Article from June 2009 Community Services Reporter, published by National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services providing an overview of Employment First efforts – http://www.nasddds.org/uploads/documents/WorkersFirst(Moseley).pdf

NTAR Leadership Center Blog: Blog post on Employment First by Wendy Parent, Kansas University – http://ntarseedingchange.blogspot.com/2010/03/employment-first.html

ODEP-USDOL

  1. Employment First Leadership Mentor Program: Information on state’s participating in ODEP’s Employment First Leadership Mentor Program – http://www.dol.gov/odep/media/newsroom/employmentfirststates.htm#.UKqjpY6YXeQ
  2. Employment First Memo: January 2009 memo from the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy stressing importance of Employment First

SELN Employment First Publication: “Q & A’s on State Employment First Policies”: publication from the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) providing an overview of Employment First, and specific efforts in Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington State, Georgia, Minnesota, and Indiana –
http://selnmembers.org/images/stories/site_documents/dmr%20request%20employment%20policy%203-08rev.pdf

Thanks to the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), as well as other organizations in the disability community for their help in creating this resource list.