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Employment Policy, Strategy, and Funding

Why This Is Important

A great deal of employment for individuals with disabilities is dependent upon local, state, and federal policies, strategies and funding streams. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act greatly affected employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. These policies and funding streams affect how many hours an individual can work, what kind of pay they receive, where they work, and virtually every aspect of employment. Understanding policies and funding streams is important because they affect employers and support staff, as well as individuals with disabilities themselves. Some of these policies, strategies and funding streams also affect self-employment.

This department contains materials and links to information helping to demystify work-related rules and highlighting policy initiatives that foster improvements in employment options. This department also contains information on other systems useful in gaining and enhancing employment including: state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, Workforce Centers, Assistive Technology programs, and various specialized programs and projects of interest.

This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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