Employment First Initiative
The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.
What is Employment First?
Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.
An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.
The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.
The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.
OCDD Position Statement
OCDD released the following position statement and employment definition on July 1, 2011.
Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age.
Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated in the workforce.
To view a copy of the memo announcing OCDD’s position on Employment First, please click here.
If you are interested in going to work, please contact a Local Governing Entity (LGE), just click here.
Data related to Employment Outcomes for Louisiana
StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes
State Employment Leadership Network (SELN)