On July 16, 2013, former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Employment First Act, a new law that requires Illinois state agencies to work together to make employment for people with disabilities a priority.
Every person in the Land of Lincoln should have the opportunity—regardless of the challenges they face—to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential.
Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
The Employment First Act is modeled on a national movement that believes employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred option when exploring goals and a life path for people with disabilities.
Competitive work in integrated settings for people with disabilities is proven to foster self-sufficiency, independent living, higher self-esteem, and better integration into the community at large. Employment First simply means employment in the community is the first and preferred option for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) receiving services that are publicly funded in Illinois.
With this grant, NorthPointe utilizes evidence-based practices following the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) model for employment.