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Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

State of Kansas | Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission
March 2015 | Report/Brief

Kansas has been a trailblazer in supporting competitive and integrated employment for people with disabilities. As the first state in the nation to pass an Employment First Initiative Act, Kansas is poised to dramatically improve its outcomes regarding competitive and integrated employment for Kansans with disabilities. By building on its current initiatives and utilizing disability stakeholders to support systemic change, Kansas has the potential to become national leader in competitive and integrated employment of Kansans with disabilities, with the outcomes to prove it.

The Employment First Oversight Commission believes that with the right energy, focus, and action from state government and policymakers, Kansas is poised for positive systems change. As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create positive results for people with disabilities. Kansas must seize the positive momentum created by these initiatives and create effective, meaningful systems change regarding competitive and integrated employment of Kansans with disabilities. The disability stakeholder community must drive systems change.