Although Arizona is an Employment First state, Employment First doesn't mean employment only. Some folks (especially our more significantly disabled youth), need a step between high school and competitive employment to experience a work environment, learn the expectations of work, and find out what they do well and are interested in doing for work. Supported employment provided by our 14c organizations gives youth that middle ground where they can learn, prepare, and mature before exploring competitive integrated employment. If this goes away, these young adults will have no opportunity to learn how to work and what kind of work they are best suited to do that uses their strengths. That would be a travesty.
Idea No. 2045