Oregon’s Employment First Initiative

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.  We are very excited to be partnering with people across Oregon and the country who believe that employment for All is not only possible but probable if we believe, work together, and make it happen!  We are looking forward to an explosion of creativity, new jobs, and valued community roles for those we love and support!

— The EF Implementation Team

Please click here for the official DHS Employment First website

This website, operated by the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, contains information about supported employment training, events, resources, and local Employment First teams.

The Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN) 2016-2017 will continue to focus on providing participants with core supported employment professional training.  These trainings help employment professionals meet Oregon’s employment professional core competencies.  Three core training workshops will each be offered in different areas and times throughout the state. Each training session is a two-day seminar.  While training is open to all professionals, priority will be given to employment professionals.

Click on the Links below or the Event Calendar above to Register

Introduction to the History of Supported Employment, Discovery, and Person Centered Employment Planning

Job Development and Marketing

Systematic Instruction and Follow Along

Social Security Benefits and Work Incentives

If you have questions regarding OELN trainings, contact Emily Harris, emily@gowise.org

Mini Grants are now available for Employment First Teams! For more information, please contact Brandi Monts at brandi@gowise.org


Click here for more information about upcoming APSE CESP Exam opportunities

Click here to link to the registration for APSE CESP Exams.

If you have any CESP questions, please contact Jenny Crook at jenny@gowise.org.

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