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Employment First ensures that people with disabilities have real jobs for real pay. Changes are being made in laws and Medicaid policies. We were making progress towards competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted progress towards employment first. Traditional employment supports are no longer available. Over 55% of employed people with disabilities have lost their jobs. We can make post-COVID-19 employment supports for people with disabilities better.

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