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Competitive integrated employment is defined within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, 2014) as full-time or part-time work at minimum wage or higher, with wages and benefits similar to those without disabilities performing the same work, and fully integrated with coworkers without disabilities. The Act requires that states ensure employment is offered as a priority outcome for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As a result, providers who offer employment support to people with IDD have been working to phase out sheltered workshops and transform to offer competitive integrated employment.
Kamau, E., & Timmons, J. (2018). A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment: Strategies for Provider Transformation. Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue 20. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.