Competitive Integrated Employment
Inclusive Employment in Arkansas
What does competitive, integrated employment mean?
Competitive, integrated employment means a full-time or part-time job (with or without supports) in the competitive labor force, in a physically/functionally/socially integrated setting, paying at least minimum wage but not less than the customary wage for the same or similar work performed by workers without a disability, and offering a level of employer-paid benefits that are the same or similar as offered to workers without a disability. Self-employment (with or without supports) in a competitive business or industry – while earning a similar or customary wage for the same or similar work performed by workers without a disability – is also considered to be competitive, integrated employment.
Is it competitive, integrated employment?
- Full-time, part-time, or self-employment (with or without supports)
- Employed in the competitive labor force
- On the payroll of a competitive business or industry
- Pays at least minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by workers without a disability
- Offers a level of employer-paid benefits that are the same or similar as offered to workers without a disability
- Fully integrated physically, functionally and socially within the workplace
More on the meaning of Competitive, Integrated Employment:
Competitive. Refers to wages that are at least minimum and ideally prevailing wages (not how person got the job).
Integrated. Refers to work occurring in a typical work setting where the employee with a disability interacts (or has the opportunity to interact) continuously with co-workers without disabilities.
Individualized. Must be an individual employment situation where the employee is paid directly by their employer.
(Work in small groups does NOT meet the CE definition, even if pay is competitive and setting is integrated).
For more information on competitive, integrated employment, check out the following resources:
US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Office of Disability Employment Policy
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington DC 20210
Phone: 1-866-ODEP-DOL (633-7365) or 202-693-7880
ODEP’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Campaign
ODEP’s Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE)
ODEP’s Workforce Recruitment Program
ODEP’s Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
ODEP’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
ADA National Network Regional Centers: The ADA National Network consists of ten regional ADA Centers located throughout the U.S. that provide information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employers, state and local governments, people with disabilities and others.
APSE (The Association of People Supporting Employment First): The national voice of the Employment First movement. APSE believes in real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities: Employment First.
Arkansas Employment First
Mission: We provide education and training, information and resources and engagement opportunities to business and industry regarding retaining, hiring and promoting people with disabilities.
Territory: Arkansas (statewide)
Primary Contact: Rodney Chandler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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