Department of Labor – Employment

A real job collecting and sorting for The Arc’s recycling program. Funds raised go back into our programs.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy is part of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Its job is to evaluate and recommend policies leading to a higher employment rate  for people with disabilities.  Go to the ODEP website.


People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have a horrible employment rate especially when it comes to finding jobs in a competitive integrated environment (CIE).  CIE means our folks have a job at a real business, making at least minimum wage and are working alongside co-workers who are not disabled.


In other words NOT a job paying sub-minimum wage (a  certificate program developed in the 1930s carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act that allows paying wages less then minimum wage to folks with I/DD). The job should also NOT be at a place that hires only people with I/DD.


The ODEP Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites is out with its final report.  Read it here:


You may also read it and get other valuable information about jobs and people with developmental disabilities at the ODEP website by clicking here.