Employment First

Employment is a fundamental value and ambition in American culture, and people with disabilities want to be a part of their communities just as everyone does. Approximately 20 percent of U.S. citizens have one or more diagnosed psychological, intellectual or physical disabilities.

HHS is committed to ensuring people with disabilities have access to meaningful employment services in the community, especially integrated competitive employment.

This Employment First principle guides HHS services for people with disabilities and helps put them on a path towards self-sufficiency through full participation in community life.

HHS has developed a brochure for people with a disability who want to learn about competitive, integrated employment in the community. The brochure contains information on Employment First, the employment services offered through Health and Human Services programs and how going to work may affect Social Security benefits and health care coverage.

Looking for Job Opportunities?

Find a fulfilling job, earn a paycheck, make new friends and increase your independence.

Learn how HHS Vocational Services can help you:

  • Find and apply for a job.
  • Retain your job and learn new job skills.
  • Earn a paycheck and learn money management.
  • Gain independence, social connections and confidence.

Looking for Qualified Employees?

Hiring people with disabilities can benefit your business by:

  • Boosting production.
  • Meeting labor needs.
  • Increasing your customer base.
  • Fostering innovation and creativity.

Several online resources can help you attract qualified candidates, find business tax benefits and prepare for workplace accommodations.