PArizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is sponsoring a series of six Employment First Community Forums to develop a comprehensive strategic plan designed to promote employment for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  A broad coalition of self-advocates, family members, service providers, educators, state agencies, advocates and employers are sharing ideas and strategies to raise public awareness, promote an attitudinal shift, build capacity, aimed at bringing about systems change.  It’s all about integrated and competitive employment, or real jobs earning minimum wage, for all working age Arizona residents with disabilities.

There’s still time to join the discussion.  Participate in one of the final Community Forums in Tucson (August 12) or Yuma (August 14).  Become involved in a movement that’s helping Arizona improve its economy by supporting businesses to find talent and meet their needs by hiring individuals with disabilities.

To learn more about Arizona’s Employment First Initiative, or to register for a Community Forum, please contact Michael Leyva, Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council [email protected].