The Council has long supported the forward movement of Integrated Employment in Nevada through the following partnerships and initiatives:

    • The Council provided a grant to the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities to host the Employment Policy Summit of 2010. The Summit brought Nevada’s DD Network Partners, community agencies, businesses and many hard working individuals together from across the state and laid the groundwork for the Council’s Employment First Ad-Hoc Committee.
    • Career Exploration Summer Camps – Washoe County Nevada High school students with disabilities take a week out of their summer to participate in the Career Exploration Summer Camps to receive real world experience and on the job education at integrated settings in their community.
    • Nevada’s own joins national advisory committee on Integrated Employment – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced Monday the 17 public members who will serve on the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Selected from more than 280 nominations, Santa Perez, the Advocate Co-coordinator for the People First of Nevada Project of the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, joins the other public members of the committee. Ms. Perez was the only representative from Nevada.  For more information visit the Committee.
    • 700 Hour Program – The Council worked closely with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and the Legislature to pass the 700 Hour Program; State as Model Employer under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 284.327 and Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 284.364 outline the provisions, AB192, approved 2017 Legislative Session “Establishing a Program for the Hiring of the People with Disabilities into the State Workforce”. NRS 284.327 states, “Temporary limited appointment of persons with disabilities. 1. To assist persons with disabilities certified by the Rehabilitation Division of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, appointing authorities are encouraged and authorized to make temporary limited appointments of certified persons with disabilities for a period not to exceed 700 hours notwithstanding that the positions so filled are continuing positions. A person with a disability who is certified by the Rehabilitation Division must be placed on the appropriate list for which the person is eligible. Each such person must possess the training and experience necessary for the position for which the person is certified.
    • Nevada Statewide Summit on Implementing Integrated Employment in Nevada -A one-day statewide summit on Implementing Integrated Employment was held in Northern Nevada in September 2017 and
      included Plenary and Break-out sessions covering:

      • History on Disability Movement and efforts occurring across the nation.
      • Government as a Leader and Model.
      • Early and Timely School Assessment and Planning for Transitions.
      • Collaboration and Coordination
      • Meaningful lives for individuals w/IDD
      • Employer Engagement, Development and Support
      • Transportation.
    • In addition to the above, the Council has provided sub-grants to many  community and state agencies throughout the years to further competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with I/DD in Nevada.
    • If you’d like more information on vocational rehabilitation services in Nevada visit vrnevada.org.