Introduced Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age. Provides that the policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities. Provides that the primary objective and preferred outcome of transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least 14 years of age is to Employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age. Provides that the policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities. Provides that the primary objective and preferred outcome of transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least 14 years of age is to assist the child in obtaining competitive and integrated employment. Establishes an employment first task force to: (1) establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive and integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive and integrated employment; (2) identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities; (3) analyze current state agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities and recommend changes; (4) assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy; and (5) provide an annual report to the governor and the legislative council concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the director of the division of disability and rehabilitative services serves as the task force chair. ... View more