2013 Integrated Employment


In this fourth session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:

  • Be able to describe importance of employment both for individuals themselves and for the community.
  • Understand the vision and mission of Employment First Policy.
  • Be able to describe types of employment: competitive, supported, customized, sheltered, enclaves, entrepreneurial, volunteer, internships, apprenticeships, and virtual.
  • Be able to describe what natural supports are.
  • Be able to describe accommodations, adaptations, and assistive technology that can support employees.
  • Be able to conduct a discussion about the District’s budget process and proposed budget for disability programs.
  • Be able to construct public testimony and/or an elevator speech about the importance of employment for people with disabilities in DC. 


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Laura Nuss

Director, DC Department on Disability Services

Rebecca Salon

Program Manager, State Office of Disability Administration, DC Department on Disability SErvices

Matt Rosen

Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, The Arc of DC

Cheryl Bates-Harris

Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist, National Disability Rights Network

Noelle Bonham

Career Center Manager, DC American Job Center NW


Partial List of Employment Resources

Proclamation: District of Columbia An Employment First State by DC Mayor Vincent Gray

Employment First Overview by Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE)

ResourcesRSA Services

The Work Option for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: The Obstacles and Possibilities by University Legal Services

Customized Employment: Applying Practical Solutions for Employment Success by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor

Employee Assistance Programs for a New Generation of Employees: Defining the Next Generation by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor

Employment Articles from DC Partners in Transition

Career Exploration in Action: An Innovative Strategies Practice Brief, a National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth publication

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills of Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families, a National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth publication



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