Employment First initiatives are becoming increasingly common across states. Presenters will provide a context and history for the Employment First movement nationally, setting the stage for a comprehensive discussion about a transformative cross-disability employment-focused effort in Florida. Self-advocate panelists will provide insights into their state-wide contributions to the movement as well as their visions for increased self-sufficiency among individuals with disabilities.
As a result of this session, participants will be able to:
- 1. Identify state-level strategies for advancing an employment first initiative through legislation, policy, and coalition building.
- 2. Gain a better understanding of the complex workings of a cross-disability initiative.
- 3. Identify the individual and collaborative roles of state agencies and grass roots groups towards employment first efforts.
- 4. Learn about the barriers to meaningful engagement of self-advocates in state-level planning.
- 5. Identify strategies to meaningfully engage self-advocates in state-level planning.
- 6. Understand the impact of involving self-advocates in systems change processes.
Jean Winsor, Ashley Wolfe