Employment First is the idea that everyone has the right to work. This includes people with significant disabilities. In Kentucky, competitive and integrated employment is best for people with disabilities. Read more about Employment First here:

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: