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AS A SERVICE 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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Assistive Technology Internet Modules

Resource Description
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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The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Resource Description
The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition supports state and local education agencies, and vocational rehabilitation providers to ensure students with disabilities graduate from high school prepared to succeed in employment and postsecondary education. They provide resources, trainings, and toolkits promote best practices and evidence-based strategies for successful transition.
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The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Resource Description
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) provides support, resources, and information for state and local agencies, organizations, and professionals working to help youth transition into the workforce. Their website has many resources for professionals, agencies, and families to support youth into integrated employment.
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EF Technical Brief #4: Federal Resources Available to Support State Employment First Efforts

Resource Description
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
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EF Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities

Resource Description
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 #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts

Resource Description
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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WIOA Section 511

Resource Description
This Handout is Available as a PDF Handout, Easy Read Handout, Spanish Handout, and Text Only Are you paid less than minimum wage at your job (usually in a sheltered workshop* or an enclave*)? Are you under 24 and thinking about work that would pay you less than minimum wage? This handout explains how the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014 effects you. Handout Text SIDE ONE: People 24
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Joint Guidance for Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage (AZ DES)

Resource Description
The Arizona Department of Economic Security issued this guidance to reflect Arizona's commitment to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2014), which includes limiting work opportunities that pay less than minimum wage for people with disabilities. These work opportunities include centered-based work (i.e. sheltered workshops) and group-based employment (i.e. enclaves). Many organizations
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State Vocational Rehabilitation Services and State Supported Employment Services Programs Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

Resource Description
This guidance document from the US Department of Education provides an overview of the review process for all state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Supported Employment Services. VR and Supported Employment Services are reviewed based on their: Overall performance Financial management Pre-Employment Transition Services Implementation of WIOA joint provisions
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The Implications of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Seamless Transition of Youth with Significant Disabilities

Resource Description
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 has the potential to greatly benefit job seekers with disabilities. This policy brief by Richard Luecking highlights how elements of WIOA, such as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), can support seamless transition to employment for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Seamless transition means leaving school