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Employment First

Illinois became an Employment First State when legislation was signed in July of 2013.  To comply with that law and a following Executive Order in June 2014, state agencies prepared an initial Strategic Plan for how policies and procedures will need to change.

A plan including timelines and goals for shifting to services that make employment a first option was submitted to the legislature in June of 2015.

Employment First simply means employment in the community would be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois.

The Employment First Summit Report summarizes the findings from a 2012 summit, sponsored by ICDD, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discusses at the summit into reality.  The Executive Summary contains a summary of the recommendations developed as a result of the summit.  The full report contains much greater detail on these recommendations, along with extensive documentation of the proceedings, links to a wide variety of resources within the text, and an extensive series of resources in the appendix.
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