In many communities across the U.S., the state government is the largest employer, paying competitive wages and providing benefits to people in a range of positions, from entry-level to highly specialized. Recognizing the importance of a workforce that reflects the diversity of the citizenry they serve, some state governments are taking proactive steps to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. Furthermore, some states have policies that encourage or require their contractors to do the same.
The following resources provide more information about state government initiatives to increase the employment of people with disabilities, whether within the state workforce or its private sector. And be sure to check out our latest state resource, which features a model “Joint Resolution or Executive Order for States as Model Employers of People with Disabilities” and a sample "Dear Colleague" letter for state policy teams to customize and consider implementing.