Employment First Task Force
In June 2013, Governor Haslam added Tennessee to a list of “Employment First” states by signing Executive Order No. 28. This created the Tennessee Employment First Task Force, charged with increasing community employment for Tennesseans with disabilities.
“Employment First” is a concept that emphasizes employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly-funded systems.
The Task Force, along with the Tennessee Works partnership, has just completed its 3 year strategic plan for improving employment outcomes for Tennesseans with disabilities.