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Good Jobs and Competitive Integrated Employment

December 2023 | Good Jobs and Competitive Integrated Employment

Various federal departments, including the Departments of Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Commerce, rallied around the Investing in America (IIA) agenda. The IIA agenda brought $2 trillion in federal investments and created access to good jobs for all America’s workers, including those with disabilities.

The eight “Good Job” principles are:

  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Benefits
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
  • Empowerment and representation
  • Job security and working conditions
  • Organizational culture
  • Pay
  • Skills and career advancement

The IIA agenda’s focus on Good Jobs dovetails perfectly with an important pillar of disability employment included in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): competitive integrated employment. Under CIE, people with disabilities work alongside and receive the same pay as people without disabilities and receive the same level of benefits and opportunities for career advancement.

In this newsletter, you will learn about several resources to promote Good Jobs and CIE, including:

  • a fact sheet on the Good Jobs principles and people with disabilities,
  • a riveting success story from South Carolina, and
  • webinars and other resources about Good Jobs and CIE.

The Good Jobs Principles and People with Disabilities Fact Sheet

This fact sheet answers various questions, including:

  • How can businesses and jobseekers with barriers to employment mutually benefit from the IIA agenda, the Good Jobs principles, and Universal Design?
  • What are the facts around employees with disabilities in Good Jobs industries like construction, transportation, and other skilled trades?
  • How can experts in CIE, such as Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and other state agency staff, support employers who want to employ workers with disabilities?
  • What are the best resources for employers navigating this space for the first time?

View the fact sheet to learn the answers to these and other inquisitive questions!