Celebrating NJ as an Employment First State

Employment First: Let’s Get to Work Event Provides Ideas, Services, Supports and Guidance Around Employment

In April 2012, Governor Chris Christie proclaimed New Jersey an Employment First State.

Being an Employment First State means that competitive employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred post-education outcome for everyone in New Jersey.

In recognition of the 5th Anniversary of the Employment First Initiative, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is hosting 1-on-1 guidance sessions for individuals with disabilities and/or their families to assist with their employment goals.

DDD will celebrate with a day-long Let’s Get to Work! event on Wednesday April 26, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

This event will take place at the Division’s central office in Hamilton. The event is an opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to sign up for a one-on-one guidance session with an employment expert.

These sessions will be forty-five minutes in length and assist them with their employment goals. Let’s Get to Work! is open to individuals who are currently receiving DDD services and to individuals who are not yet 21 and/or not currently receiving DDD services.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about the wide variety of employment services available and to talk specifically about next steps that an individual can take on his/her employment journey.

Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Brainstorm ideas for employment based on your interests, skills, support needs
  • Learn about services and supports that can help you find and keep a job and establish a career
  • Get connections to agencies, providers, organizations that can help
  • Leave with a step-by-step plan to help you get to work

The Division of Developmental Disabilities, part of the Department of Human Services, provides public funding for services and supports that assist New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 21 and older to live as independently as possible. Services and supports are available in the community from independent providers, and in five state-run developmental centers.

Let’s Get to Work

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