“It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that competitive integrated employment shall be considered the first and primary option for persons with disabilities of working age who desire to become employed.”
Signed into law March 24, 2022

Employment First is the idea that everyone has the right to work. This includes people with significant disabilities. Read more about Employment First here:

View a message from Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman regarding Employment First and students with significant disabilities:

View a message from Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass regarding Employment First and students with significant disabilities:

Many people and organizations commit to Employment First goals. Do you want to show your organization’s commitment to Employment First goals? Add your endorsement and partnership to the Proclamation of Collaboration! View the Proclamation and Supporters here:

Kentucky became an Employment First state on May 15, 2018. On June 29, 2020, Governor Beshear signed an Executive Order. This order continues the state’s commitment to employment for people with disabilities. Read the Executive Order here:

SB 104, An Act Related to the Employment First Council, was signed into law on March 24, 2022. Read SB104 here: