The Employment First Report is an important step in moving this policy forward and expanding the scope of Louisiana’s employment first policy beyond individuals with developmental disabilities. With the urging of advocacy groups, and under the leadership of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs, an Employment First Workgroup was formed in January 2017, with the responsibility of developing a report to the Governor with recommendations for moving forward on a cross-disability Employment First effort. The workgroup held monthly meetings from February to June 2017 to get input across various constituencies which has been incorporated into this report. This report summarizes a set of comprehensive recommendations that will advance Louisiana’s Employment First goals.
Louisiana’s state government has adopted an Employment First (EF) goal and embraced this goal for all people with disabilities in the State. That employment is the primary outcome for all people of working age in the State. These efforts in Louisiana are part of a larger national effort to advance employment of individuals with disabilities through policy, legislation, advocacy, and systems change. Louisiana’s EF goal is to help and encourage all adults of working age to find and sustain employment in typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. We know that people with disabilities make valuable contributions to business throughout the State and thrive and increase their income and independence once they enter the workforce. The purpose of Louisiana Employment Resource Guide is to provide knowledge, information and awareness of programs, supports and services that can help you, or someone you support, enter and succeed in the work world. This guide will also guide you to resources that can help you learn more about work as an option, your rights in the workplace, and the incentives that enable you to work and maintain important benefits.
In March 2018, Louisiana set a goal to serve as a “model employer for business by a commitment to improved hiring, recruitment, and retention of people with disabilities” through an Executive Order signed by Gov. Edwards. The convening of a State As a Model Employer Task Force aims to enhance the diversity of the public workforce, lead the business community, and highlight the State’s position as a leader in the protection of civil rights for individuals living with disabilities.
Click here for the Louisiana State As a Model Employer Report dated August 1, 2018.
Click here for the 2019 Louisiana State As a Model Employer Data by Agency.
Below are the State As a Model Employer State Agency Plans and annual survey data reports:
Click here for the Board of Regents' SAME Plan.
Click here for LDH's SAME Plan.
Click here for the LDWF's SAME Plan.
Click here for LWC's SAME Plan.
Click here for the Office of Financial Institutions' SAME Plan.
Click here for the Office of Juvenile Justice's SAME Plan.
Click here for Pennington Biomedical's SAME Plan.
Click here for Civil Service's SAME Plan.
Bambi Polotzola, Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs