Welcome to the web site of the Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission.

Chronic unemployment and underemployment of persons with disabilities have huge social costs. According to a June 2015 news release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 17.1 percent of persons with a disability were employed; in contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 64.6 percent. (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/disabl.nr0.htm, retrieved August 10, 2015.) Shocking? Yes, shocking — and unnecessary.

Employment First is a philosophy and public policy in Delaware and many other states. Employment First means that competitive employment - the same kind of employment that most people have - should be the first choice for persons with disabilities. The Employment First Oversight Commission exists for the purpose of making that happen.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is there to help providing services for the Job Seeker, Employers and Vendors. For more information please visit their site: http://dvr.delawareworks.com/index.php.

Nothing promotes success like real-life stories of success. And so we are delighted to use this welcome page of our web site to tell you about Delaware residents who - despite their challenges - are competing successfully in the job market.

Newest Success Stories

Five Delawareans with disabilities are profiled on their paths to employment.

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