Employment First

Employment First became a Wyoming state policy in 2014. It states that competitive and integrated employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. Employment First applies to a wide variety of services and programs that provide support to people with disabilities, their families, and employers.

(10/5/2020- 10/9/2020): What was covered:

  • Why you should hire someone with a disability

  • NDEAM Panel Discussion hosted by APSE (National Association for People Supporting Employment First) For more information, visit www.apse.org.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation- 101

  • Live Zoom Presentation: Rocky Mountain ADA Rocky Mountain ADA: Supporting Employment. *This event has occured. To learn more, visit https://www.rockymountainada.org/

attend the live sessions, but you must be registered to join. The registrations for each session are separate. The information about these live sessions and their registration links are below.

Two Live Presentations for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (WGCDD) in conjunction with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Wyoming Association for People Supporting Employment First (WYAPSE) will be disseminating Employment First Information ALL MONTH LONG! You can follow any of our social media pages.

In addition, we will be hosting two live presentations on October 8 and October 22. There is no cost to attend the live sessions, but you must be registered to join. The registrations for each session are separate. The information about these live sessions and their registration links are below.

Oct 8, 2020 10:00 AM MST (US and Canada)

Rocky Mountain ADA: Supporting Employment

This virtual session will provide an overview of the ADA and an opportunity to ask your burning questions!

*This event has occured. To learn more, visit https://www.rockymountainada.org/

October 22, 2020 10:00 am MST (US and Canada)

Panel Discussion: De-escalation Techniques for Employers and Employees

Workplace conflict cant always be avoided, unfortunately. No matter how great your place of work is or how strong of a leader you are, a conflict can arise which may require de-escalating. In this discussion, panelists will examine what de-escalation looks like in the workplace for employers and employees, and review some helpful tips on maintaining a safe work environment, creating a culture of safety, and successful customer service.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvcuiorz4jG9KwjREdbfJuFSUaxDBQVghK


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


http://employmentfirst.wyo.gov/

Employment First Summit 2019 Photos:

Employment First Summit, 2018

Employment First Summit, 2018

Employment First Summit, 2018

Employment First Summit, 2018

Wyoming Employment First Summit 2017 Photos

Click the logo below for more information on Employment First in Wyoming!

Employment First Proclamation

Governor Mead, Proclamation signing for Employment First, 2018

Patrons supporting Employment First, 2018

Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities members, 2018

Additional Resources :

Employment First became a Wyoming state policy in 2014. It says that competitive and integrated employment will be the first and preferred option for people with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Employment First applies to a wide variety of services and programs that provide support to people with disabilities . Visit their website for information, resources, and to learn more about programs available throughout the state.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - Vocational Rehabilitation Division can provide only those services which are necessary for eligible individuals to reach the employment goal agreed to in the Individualized Plan for Employment. Visit their website to learn more today. You can also check out their Facebook page by CLICKING HERE .The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace

APSE is the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First, a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment in an inclusive workforce. People with disabilities should not work sequestered in sheltered workshops, earning only pennies an hour. We want people with disabilities to enjoy the company of a wide range of coworkers, an opportunity for greater financial independence, and the ability to contribute to the economy. We provide our members with the tools, opportunities, and timely information needed to take action and build better workplaces through work with policymakers and employers. APSE is the national voice on workplace inclusion.

Wyoming has a Chapter! To learn more about the Wyoming Chapter, CLICK HERE.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace .