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Individuals & Families

Families, including parents, siblings, guardians, and caregivers, are an essential component for the success of Employment First. Resources in this section provide information about how you can support your loved one to seek or maintain competitive community employment, resources and support for you and your family member, and more!
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VIDEO: Employment First: Job Opportunities for All!

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What is Employment First? This video describes what it means, what's happening in Arizona, and success stories of integrated competitive employment. This video is also available with an audio description track. The video transcript is below and also available for download. To view the video as an embedded link, visit our Success Stories page. Video Transcript (with Audio Description) -[Voiceover]
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Working and Benefits

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document Plain Text: Working and Your Benefits This table shows resources and programs for working and receiving benefits like SSI or Medicaid. To learn more about these programs and find other resources, visit AZ.BD101.org AHCCCS Freedom to Work AHCCCS Freedom to Work means you can work and still receive healthcare through AHCCCS. To
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Arizona Employment First Infographic

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document Plain Text: AZ Employment First (EF) means that competitive integrated employment is the expectation for all Arizonans who have a disability. EF IS A… Vision Initiative Movement EF IS NOT A… Program Agency Service Arizona has an Employment First Executive Order (2017) declaring state agencies must work to improve employment
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Applying for the Division of Developmental Disabilities

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Available for Download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document Plain Text: Applying for the Division of Developmental Disabilities The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides lots of services to help you live independently in your community. They can help you make decisions about your health, where you live, and where you work. Can DDD Help Me? To get help from DDD,
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The State of Arizona Transition Slide Guide

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Students with disabilities should start getting ready to transition out of high school when they are between 10 and 12. Students can transition to employment or post secondary education. This chart describes things students should be doing and the supports they need to transition successfully. Activities are broken into four themes across six age groups. Themes include: Self-Determination
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Social Security Disability Benefits Resources: Arizona

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government program. This page lists the contact information for all the SSA offices in Arizona. These offices include: 18 field offices 3 Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review 2 Offices of Disability Determination Services These offices can help you with questions you have about your Social Security disability application or benefits.
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Road Map to Transitioning in Arizona

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What do you need to know to start planning for life after high school? This handout from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council can help get you started. Once you think about the questions on the first page, reach out to the resources and services on the second page to learn more!
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VIDEO: Tucson Unified School District Community Transition Program

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TUSD’s Community Transition Program (CTP) provides high school students with disabilities, ages 18-22, with a seamless transition from school to life as young productive adults. This video shows an example of one Community Transition Program team.
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Arizona Employment Provider Directory

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The Arizona Employment Provider Directory was created to help individuals and families make informed decisions on employment related services. It was developed with funding from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
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The Power of Disability Employment: The Impact to Arizona’s Economy

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This report by the Institute for Community Inclusion was developed for the Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council in 2019. It provides up-to-date information about employment for Arizonans who have disabilities, the economic value of employing people who have disabilities, and recommendations. You can download the full report or a 4-page summary.