The national movement called Employment First is a framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life.

The Hawaii Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) is a cross-disability, cross-systems change initiative consisting of multi-disciplinary state teams whose focus is to implement the Employment First approach with fidelity through the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, updating of service delivery models, to facilitate increased integrated employment options for people with the most significant disabilities.

Integrated employment means that: Work is paid directly by employers at the greater of minimum or prevailing wages with commensurate benefits, 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, has an opportunity for advancement and job mobility, and is preferably engaged full-time.

Electronic resources for the Hawaii Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program can be found in this Dropbox: Hawaii EFSLMP

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2016 EFSLMP Cadre Training Curriculum (Password Required)

Electronic versions of the Hawaii Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program Cadre of Experts Training Curriculum files can be found here: 2016 EFSLMP Cadre Training Curriculum

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4

Case Studies

See what the other states, providers, and advocates working on integrated employment have to say about their successes.

Questions or Requests

If you have any questions or would like to request materials in an alternate format, please contact the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, Disability Employment Initiative at (808) 956-9353.

For More Information About Employment First, Please Visit:

US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy: Employment First