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EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Employment services give many people with disabilities an opportunity to be part of the general workforce by teaching them skills and providing the resources they need to work. Minnesota works to help people with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) supports an Employment First approach.

Employment waiver services comprise three programs:

  1. Employment exploration services: Services that help a person better understand competitive, integrated employment opportunities in their community. Exploration activities and experiences strengthen a person’s knowledge, interests, and preferences to make informed decisions about competitive employment.
  2. Employment development services: Individualized services designed to help a person achieve competitively, integrated employment, become self-employed, or establish a microenterprise business in their community.
  3. Employment support services: Individualized services and supports that help people maintain paid employment in community businesses/settings. Employment support services occur in integrated community settings.