People with I/DD should have the supports necessary from individuals and systems to enable them to find and keep community jobs based on their preferences, interests, and strengths, work alongside people without disabilities, receive comparable wages, and be free from workplace discrimination.
Our Policy Goals
The Arc’s Public Policy Goals make recommendations to help people with I/DD reach their full potential and become as independent as possible through integrated employment. Keys to success include supporting implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), toward maximizing employment outcomes, and improving transition outcomes; supporting “Employment First” policies as a strategy to increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment of individuals with I/DD; and expanding training and technical assistance to community rehabilitation providers to transition from the use of subminimum wages and nonintegrated environments, including career counseling and information about training opportunities required by WIOA.
Our Coalition Work
The CCD Employment and Training Task Force works on issues relevant to the employment of people with disabilities, including best practices, school-to-work transition, training of staff and people with I/DD, and systems.