Answer: Employment First is a national initiative that encompasses policies, legislation, and system change efforts leading to increased community-based employment for people with disabilities. Employment First is a belief that community-based, integrated employment should be the primary day activity for working age youth and adults with disabilities. It supports an overarching goal that eligible persons with disabilities should have access to integrated work settings most appropriate for them, including the supports necessary to help them succeed in the workplace. Employment First does not mean employment only and does not deny individual choice, but is intended to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Answer: The Division does not have a policy of closing day programs.
Future opportunities of funding and supports may become more readily available to provider agencies increasing their supported employment efforts and services.
Answer: Utah is an Employment First state. Employment First is based on the presumption that everyone who wants to work can do so, and that integrated work is the first priority. Informed choice helps people make the best decision for their lives. It helps them to look at the benefits of working and what kind of job fits their interests and lives. Those who do not choose integrated, community jobs may look at other community-based services such as day support services.
Answer: Leaving a place where you have been for a long time can be scary, but it also brings new opportunities for others to come into your life. It does not mean you have to give up those friendships; you can make new ones to add to your life.
Answer: The Division is collaborating with people in services, providers, support coordinators, national agencies , and consultants. Additionally, the Division seeks grants to maximize opportunities for employment.
The Division has recently required supported employment services before new day program services can be added an individual’s plan.
Answer: Making transportation arrangements is a concern for ever family. It is understood that transportation for people receiving services is a consideration at the forefront when considering employment.
It is important to consider transportation logistics as early as the beginning of the job exploration process and the work assessment. Always explore maximizing community supports to secure transportation access.
Answer: It is very important for people to make visits. However, if you have a situation where a visit is embarrassing or disruptive to a person’s employment, let the Division know. People should not feel alienated.
Considering coordinating with a job coach, talking with the person, and possibly the employer before going to the job site.