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Governor Executive Order No. 13-04

Signed in April 2013, Governor’s Executive Order No. 13-04 was developed to further improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, consistent with their abilities and choices, will benefit from individuals with disabilities, their families, our communities, the economy, and the state.

Employment First

    In 2008, Oregon adopted the Employment First policy 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.

  • Employment First: 20 hour Standard and Policy Guidance

Employment Related Transition Services (Temporary Rules adopted 8/21/14)

In support of Executive Order 13-04, the State Board of Education adopted temporary rules associated with Employment Related Transition Services. Please make note of the changes below. In addition, the new Transition Network Facilitators will be contacting each district, during the month of September, to review the new OARs, and provide support to you and your programs.
Employment Related Transition Services

(33) "Sheltered Workshop" is a facility based service that congregates more than eight adults with disabilities, including intellectual or developmental disabilities. Sheltered workshops are operated by service provider entities. In general, a sheltered workshop employs only individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability or other disabilities except for service or support staff. However, assessments, instruction, and activities that typically occur in public schools and that are provided either directly or by contract by public school districts, by public charter school, by an Educational Service District, or the Oregon Department of Education, in a school setting, are not considered sheltered workshops.
Alternative Placements and Supplementary Aids and Services

(3) Not include sheltered workshops as defined in OAR 581-015-2000(33) and OAR 407-025-0010(16)

For full Temporary Rule associated with Employment Related Transition Services click here. PDF

  • Current Events and Resources
    Local, regional, and statewide activities and resources that support Governor’s Executive Order 13-04 and community partnership from school to post-secondary education and employment.
  • Employment First
    Welcome to the Oregon Employment First Implementation website! The intent of this project is to improve opportunities for individualized community-based employment for Oregonians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This year, we are focusing on Training, Technical Assistance, and networking to increase sustainable provider and community capacity.

  • Heather Lindsey Email    (503) 947-5791
    Education Programs & Assessment - Education Program Specialist