People with IDD can be employed in the community alongside people without disabilities and earn competitive wages. It is the supports - from individuals and systems – that enable them to find and keep community jobs based on their preferences, interests and strengths. At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters!

The Employment First initiative provides a framework centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment.

Links to resources below provide information on the Employment First initiative, employment strategies and organizations supporting integrated employment for people with IDD.


  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
    JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

  • National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD)
    NCWD provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system. Areas of expertise include: accommodations and assistive technology, relationships with employers, helping clients with disabilities find jobs, and advising employers as to how to provide job-related supports.

             Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)              to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid.

​​             The Employment First Task Force was established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive                          commissioner to:

                    - promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and

​                    - the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities,                         and expectations as any other working-age adult.

             APSE is a national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement                                          opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

             Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, retain or              advance in employment.

            ODEP provides national leadership and information on disability employment policy.

Work spares us three evils... boredom, vice & need.

Providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.