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Employment First

Minnesota's plan for competitive, integrated employment

Many people with disabilities want opportunities to be part of the general workforce, but don’t see how it’s possible or aren’t given resources they need to work. Minnesota works to help people with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment. DHS supports an Employment First approach.

Frequently asked questions


You can get information on employment for people with disabilities in many places.

Minnesota Employment Learning Community

The Minnesota Employment Learning Community works to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It started in September 2014 and is a joint effort between the Minnesota departments of Human Services, Employment and Economic Development and Education.

Success stories

Minnesota is committed to ensuring people with disabilities have opportunities and support to work in competitive, integrated employment in their communities, Read some of the success stories and learn more about Minnesota's Employment First strategy for implementing Olmstead principles. 

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