Employment

People advocating for justice for all

Issue: 

 

In Michigan, 81 percent of people with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are unemployed compared to 9 percent of people without I/DD (Employment First in Michigan report)[1].

 

Many vocational rehabilitation service providers fail to provide adequate training that results in meaningful community-based employment. As a result, many Michiganders with I/DD who are “employed” are limited to work in sheltered workshops that keep people with I/DD from people without I/DD. Employment is limited to piece work and/or contractual work, often paying wages below the minimum wage.

 

Michigan has a proud history of leading the country with respect to expanding community-based opportunities for people with I/DD. However, in terms of competitive integrated employment, Michigan has a lot of room for improvement.  Putting forth state legislation which acts to raise expectations and enable people with I/DD to enhance their productivity and earn at least minimum wage alongside people without I/DD will allow them to become an integral part of the American workforce.

 

This step forward will ultimately increase the quality of life for Michiganders with I/DD, while reducing dependence on traditional government supports.

 


Contact Information: 

 

Yasmina Bouraoui,

517-284-7291

bouraouiy@michigan.gov

 


 

Updates:

 

Jan. 2017 employment update

Jan. 2017 Sub-minimum wage update 


Meeting Dates: 

 

No Meetings scheduled at this time

 


 Employment in Michigan:

 

Report to Michigan on Recommendations for Systems Transformation Related to Employment First

This document is intended as guidance for public agencies, educators, and policymakers. It lays out a vision for the ideal system of transition in Michigan.  It was developed as a result of Michigan’s participation in the Employment First State Mentoring Program, funded by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  

 

Michigan's Employment First Report

On September 22nd, 2014 DD Network( MPAS, DDI and DD Council) released a report on Employment First in Michigan. This report outlines the dismal employment circumstances in Michigan for individuals with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

 

Transition to Employment- Michigan's Super MOU

 

  


Resources:


Employment


ACCSES’ DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF CMS’ INFORMATION BULLETIN REGARDING UPDATES TO THE SECTION 1915(c) WAIVER INSTRUCTIONS AND TECHNICAL GUIDE REGARDING EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT RELATED SERVICES

Employment First Initiative:

Olmstead:

Oregon:

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13-04: PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT   SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS   WITH INTELLECTUAL   AND DEVELOPMENTAL   DISABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island:

Subminimum Wage:
 

 ODEP

Bio of Dr. Luecking

 

Seamless Transition Flow of Student Services

 

Articles by Dr. Luecking 

Seamless Model

A Model that works

Seamless Transition and Long-term Support

 

 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program