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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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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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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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Service Provider Stakeholder Flyer

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A flyer for service providers with resources and action steps to support Employment First. Image
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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.
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TRAINING: Employment First, Informed Choice, Center Based Employment (CBE) & Career Preparation and Readiness (CPR)

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This presentation, originally shared by the Arizona DDD Employment Services and Supports team in October 2018, provides an overview of Employment First, Informed Choice, Center Based Employment (CBE) & Career Preparation and Readiness (CPR). Supplemental Resources Available HERE: PowerPoint - Employment First Informed Choice CBE CPR Career Preparation and Readiness Service Specification – DDD
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TRAINING: Oh Yes I Can Work! Making the Case for Competitive Integrated Employment

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In March 2019, Sara Murphy presented on sharing effective strategies for talking about competitive integrated employment, building acceptance for new ideas, developing action plans, and engaging stakeholders. Sara Murphy is a Senior Associate at TransCen, Inc., and the Director of WorkLink, TransCen’s San Francisco-based direct service program. She has extensive experience in program development,
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WEBINAR: Oh Yes, I CAN Work! Competitive Employment for People with Significant Disabilities

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In September 2018, Dr. Laura Owens, CESP presented on supporting people who have disabilities employed in competitive settings ” to VR counselors, DDD support coordinators, special education teachers , transition staff, and employment service providers from across Arizona. Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has more than 30 years of experience as an international leader , speaker, and publisher in the
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What Employment First Means to Me Infographic Handout

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Available for download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español To learn more about what Employment First means to a variety of stakeholders, follow this link! Plain Text: Employment First Means... Job Seeker: I have the information and support I need to make my own decisions about working. High Schooler: I have support to plan my future, like job
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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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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