In compliance with the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP), Community Living of Rhode Island has fully embarked in systems change efforts that helped improve on its 100 % community- based Integrated Employment opportunities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities – (Developmentally and Mental Health).

Community Living of Rhode Island IncOur efforts and direction in this instance was borne out of the growing support for on-going National movement called Employment First Initiative, “a frame work for system change that is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in Integrated Employment and Community life.” ODEP.

Integrated Employment as defined by ODEP are work paid directly by employers at the greater of minimum or prevailing wages with commensurate benefits, occurring in a typical work setting where the employee with a disability interacts or has the opportunity to interact continuously with co-workers without disabilities, as an opportunity for advancement and job mobility, and is preferably engaged full-time.

Community Living of Rhode Island utilizes the four components of Customized Employment such as: Discovery, Job Search Planning, Job Development/Negotiation and Post-Employment Support to obtain diverse gainful competitive employments with competitive wages for our Participants.