Employment First Initiative

Employment First - a Massachusetts initiative to close all sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015

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In November, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in partnership with the Association of Developmental Disability Providers and the Arc of Massachusetss, issued the Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts. This blueprint outlines the steps that will be taken in MA to increase integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. These partners will meet monthly to jointly address the goals and recommendations in the Blueprint.