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Reports show improvement in employment opportunities for people with disabilities

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A third-year report from the Employment First Task Force shows statewide employers the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

Created in 2013 through Executive Order No. 28, the Employment First Task Force is charged with eliminating barriers, streamlining services and increasing interegated and competitive employment for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse disorders and other disabilities.

 This year’s Expect Employment report focuses on the results of three years of collaboration amongst state agencies and partner groups. Some highlights include:

  • Educating hundreds of employers statewide about the business case for hiring people with disabilities, which led to several new partnerships between state programs and employers;
  • Creating a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary education or vocational training;
  • Submitting the Combined State Plan, a requirement for the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The plan emphasizes the key role people with disabilities play in the workforce;
  • Developing the Employment and Community First CHOICES program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Expanding Project SEARCH sites in Tennessee.

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