Integrated Employment Toolkit

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the U.S. Department of Labor has identified integrated employment as “as the desired employment goal for youth and adults with disabilities.” ODEP defines integrated employment as “jobs held by people with disabilities in typical workplace settings where the majority of persons employed are not persons with disabilities, where they earn at least minimum wage and where they are paid directly by the employer. These individuals may be in jobs without dedicated support, in jobs in which they are supported to learn and perform tasks that are associated with a standard job description, or in jobs where tasks and conditions of work are customized to match the characteristics of the worker and the needs of the employer.”

ODEP’s Integrated Employment Toolkit contains strategies to help youth and their families access the full range of support available to achieve a successful transition into integrated, competitive employment. Resources are organized under the following five questions:

  1. How can I make sure that my school helps me prepare for a job?
  2. What is available to help me get and keep a job when I leave school?
  3. What can my family members do to help me and my school prepare me for a job when I leave school?
  4. I want to make my own decisions about where I work. how can I do that?
  5. If I have Social Security Benefits, how will working and earning wages affect my benefits?

Access the ODEP's Toolkit.