Employment First – General Information


  • APSE Employment First Statement: Statement outlining principles of Employment First – Website
  • APSE Employment First White Paper: “Establishing a National Employment First Agenda” paper from APSE – Website
  • APSE Connections-Employment First: Article from JTPR APSE Connections advocating a national Employment First agenda.
  • APSE Employment First Website SectionWebsite

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Article

  • Employment First: A Beginning Not an End: August 2011 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities journal article summarizing the principles of Employment First – Website

NTAR Leadership Center Blog

  • Blog post on Employment First by Wendy Parent, Kansas University – Website


  • Employment First Leadership Mentor Program: Information on state’s participating in ODEP’s Employment First Leadership Mentor Program – Website
  • Employment First Memo: January 2009 memo from the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy stressing importance of Employment First.

SELN Employment First Publication: “Q & A’s on State Employment First Policies”

  • Publication from the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) providing an overview of First, and specific efforts in Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington State, Georgia, Minnesota, and Indiana ­- Website