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As a provider, it is important to know the best tools, practices, and strategies to help job seekers who have disabilities identify and reach their employment goals. Explore our library of resources below to learn how you can develop skills, strategies, and relationships to integrate the Employment First mission into your services.

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Arizona Employment First Infographic

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish, and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español 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
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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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A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment: Strategies for Provider Transformation

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This brief provides highlights from the Institute for Community Inclusion’s ThinkWork projects. It describes 10 elements necessary for provider transformation to increase employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Providers are sometimes also called vendors.
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A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships

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Research shows that youth with disabilities have better employment outcomes when professionals and systems coordinate. This how-to guide provides practical strategies for developing strategic partnerships between educators, employers, and community stakeholders such as Vocational Rehabilitation, employment services, and state agencies. It also provides several case studies. This guide was
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Assistive Technology Internet Modules

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Th is series of 50 modules provides high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Modules are free to access, and can credit or certificates can be obtained for a fee. Modules include “A Family-Centered Approach to Assistive Technology in Early Childhood,” “Funding Assistive
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Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit

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This comprehensive resource provides guidance and best practices for collaboratively implementing transition services to improve employment outcomes for students with disabilities, in accordance with WIOA, IDEA, and the Rehabilitation Act. Sections include information on transition services, interagency collaboration, and professional development. This toolkit was developed by the National
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EF Technical Brief #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts

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This is part of a 4-part series published by the National Lead Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. This brief proposes strategies for using federal policies such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to work toward Employment First.
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EF Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities

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This is part of a 4-part series published by the National Lead Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. This brief summarizes the rights of individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It provides information for how the federal legal framework regarding disability rights reinforces and supports the principles of Employment First.
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EF Technical Brief #3: Criteria for Performance Excellence in Employment First State Systems Change & Provider Transformation

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This is part of a 4-part series published by the National Lead Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. This brief highlights best practices for state governments to implement in order to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. It identified common needs, technical assistance, criteria for success, and funding strategies. It is primarily aimed
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EF Technical Brief #4: Federal Resources Available to Support State Employment First Efforts

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This is part of a 4-part series published by the National Lead Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. This brief provides information about federal funding and technical assistance available to support states in their Employment First initiatives