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Employment First Partners

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Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

The mission of Iowa APSE is "to change beliefs, practices, systems and funding and so that employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Iowans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability."

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Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP)

IACP advocates that "one day, all Iowans will live, learn, and work in their community of choice."


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Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE) (email)

Established in 2011, ICIE represents a  200+ diverse group of stakeholders from across the state of Iowa that that believe in the Employment First philosophy and are collectively working together to improve systems within the state. This systems-change effort is so that persons with disabilities have full access to integrated, competitive employment, regardless of where they live in Iowa. Representation in the group includes individuals with disabilities, parents and family members of those with disabilities, community rehabilitation services providers, educators, case managers, care coordinators, independent living center representatives, representatives from Iowa's managed care organizations, disability associations, advocacy organizations and staff from multiple state agencies.


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Iowa Developmental Disability Council

Iowans with Disabilities in Action is a statewide, nonpartisan collaboration committed to disability advocacy that promotes positive change for Iowans with disabilities. They are affiliated with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, a federally funded council created to ensure those with developmental disabilities have a voice in the decision-making processes that affect them.


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Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

At the federal level, the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy provides support for the national movement called Employment First, which is centered on the belief that "all citizens, including those with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life." Iowa/IVRS is a beneficiary of the ODEP Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This program provides technical resources to multi-disciplinary state teams to assist with implementing the Employment First initiative. "ODEP has made a priority to invest in systems change efforts that will result in increased community-based, integrated employment opportunities for all people with significant disabilities."