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Employment First is the philosophy that everyone, including people with significant disabilities, can work in integrated employment. In Kentucky, competitive and integrated employment in the community is the first and primary option for persons with disabilities of working age who have communicated a desire to become employed. Kentucky became an Employment First state on May 15, 2018.

Kentucky has created an Employment First Council that is charged with carrying out the  The 27 member group is comprised of people with disabilities, family members, employers, state agency representatives, and provider agencies. The role of the Council is to:

Council meeting Schedule:

All meetings will be held in Frankfort, location TBA, and an online option will be provided.