State Info/Policy Changes
This order directs the Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Department of Education to work together to improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in fulfillment of Oregon’s Employment First Policy. This order also includes a reduction over time of state support for sheltered workshops and increased integrated employment for these individuals.
Employment First Policy (pdf)
Employment First is a concept to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. Under the Employment First approach, community-based, integrated employment is the first option for employment services for youth and adults with significant disabilities.
Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce (pdf)
This document was generated in collaboration with Office of Developmental Disabilities, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.
The collective vision is: Through Strong Agency collaboration, youth with disabilities will leave school with integrated, community employment of post-secondary education plan.
OAR 581-015-2000 - PROPOSED/AMENDED RULE SUMMARY (pdf):
Minor changes are necessary to the definition of “sheltered workshop” in OAR 581-015-2000, in order to more fully align this definition with the definition as used by the Department of Human Services, for further clarity and consistency. Also, one additional citation is needed for OAR 581-015-2245 to further align the ODE Administrative Rules in this area to the rules that were promulgated by the Department of Human Services-Office of Employment, pursuant to Executive Order 13-04.
OAR 581-015-2245 - PROPOSED/AMENDED RULE SUMMARY (pdf): Changes to OAR 581-015-2245, changes the placement requirement for IDEA students so that school districts may not offer sheltered workshops as an alternative placement to meet the needs of children with disabilites for special eduation and related services. Changes to OAR 581-015-2000, adds a defiition of “sheltered workshop” to the general special education definitions rule. New OAR 581-015-2930 implements the educational requirements of Executive Order No.13-04.