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Employment Task Force Meeting - 11/5/13

  • Taskforce Presentation (PPT)
  • Meeting Agenda (DOC)
  • Employment First Goals (DOC)
  • Meeting Minutes (DOC)

Notice of Employment Funding

This is to inform you that the State of Tennessee is issuing a Notice of Potential Funding Opportunities to which your business organization may be interested in responding with an application....more

Realizing Potential: The Power of Competitive Employment

The September 14, 2012 conference focused on decreasing the number of people in sheltered workshops and increasing the number of people in competitive, integrated employment. Please view the presentations by conference speakers below:

October Named Disability Employment Awareness Month

As this year's theme, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the US Department of Labor has selected: "An Inclusive Workforce is A Strong Workforce." Additionally, ODEP has posed a challenge to each of us: "So, what can you do?" DIDD would like to hear what YOU are doing to increase the number of Tennesseans with disabilities who are working....more


Application to Transition from Facility-Based Services to Competitive, Integrated Employment (PDF, WORD)

Tennessee: The Power of Partnership

On December 14, people from across Tennessee gathered at the Northfield Workforce Development & Conference Center to learn about the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), the new three year grant of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. ...more

A day in The Life of Robert - Our Thrift Store

OTS Robert from Our Thrift Store on Vimeo.

Employment Data


DIDD Employment & Day Services Team

Employment Links

US Dept. of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Online Toolkit for Job Placement and Employment Professionals

A Governor's Guide to NGA.pdf

A Better Bottom Line-Employing PWD's.pdf

1 page profile template.docx

Want to Work Workbook.pdf

Real Work Stories: This site highlights the employment success stories with a focus on people with intellectual disabilities.

Integrated Employment Toolkit: Interested in strategies to connect job seekers with disabilities to community employment opportunities? The Office of Disability Employment Policy of the US Department of Labor has posted innovative tools and practices from across the country.

Southeast Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center (SE TACE): Participating in SE TACE's frequent webinars/teleconferences, many of which are free, is a great way to stay-udate on topics such as customized employment, asset development and career exploration.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability: This site focuses on employment resources for youth with disabilities.