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Division of Developmental Disabilities

In April 2012 Governor Chris Christie declared New Jersey an Employment First state. The Employment First initiative:

  • Presumes that people with disabilities can and should work
  • Creates an expectation that people with disabilities, like everyone else, will have to "opt out" of employment rather than "opt in"
  • Provides a fundamental change in philosophy, policy and resources related to employment of people with disabilities

The Division of Developmental Disabilities has embraced Employment First and made employment in the general workforce a priority through a number of activities, supports and policies.

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