Self Advocate’s Perspective

Paralyzed at 18, Now He’s A Malpractice Attorney

Josh Basile shares his journey to a fulfilling career as an attorney.

Focus on What You Can Do

Derek M.A. Alexander shares how he is helping others like him get to work.

Veteran Turns Wheelchair Basketball into a Career in Adaptive Sports

Veteran Keith Cooper shares how fulfilling his job is at Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Leading the Way to an Inclusive Work Environment

Allessandra Bradley-Burns shares how she prioritizes reasonable accommodations at her organization so employees can do their best, while also educating those around her on what she needs to do her best.

Rooted in Rights Storytellers, “Willing to Work”

Wilbert Johnson talks about his journey to employment at the Audubon Zoo.

State of California, “Partnerships for Placement”

Two self-advocates, David Walters and Luis Del Razo, are profiled and interviewed about their competitive integrated work experiences while receiving supportive employment services from San Diego Regional Center and the San Diego Unified School District.

State of Iowa, “If Everybody Works”

This video provides a history of employment of people with disabilities from Iowa. It features the real-life experiences of Marianne, Mike, and Richard – working in competitive integrated jobs.

WISE, “Robbie & Salishan Spa & Golf Resort”

Robbie talks about his job at the Resort.

State of Wisconsin, “Assembly Committee on Labor and Integrated Employment”

The Assembly Committee on Labor and Integrated Employment held an informational hearing where two self-advocates spoke about their CIE experiences.

Parent’s Perspective

State of Maryland, “Why Not Work: Jessica Markle’s Story”

Jessica Markle’s parents talk about her path to work in a competitive inclusive job.

Employer’s Perspective

CVS, “Abilities in Abundance: Our Continued Commitment to Inclusive Employment”

The stories of Renee, Luke, Abebe, Joshua, Kevin, Celia, Kaylee, Austin, Quinn illustrate the impact of CVS’s commitment to creating diverse and inclusive pipelines of talent .   

ACHIEVA Pittsburgh, “BallyWho!”

Simon found his perfect job at Home Restaurant, which was mad possible by Customized Employment.

State of Texas, “Hiring People with Disabilities”

Texas state officials and small business owners talk about the advantages of hiring people with disabilities.

Resource Videos

What is Employment First?

How well is Employment First spreading around the U.S.?

WISE, “Listen, See, Connect!”

Power of Asking Questions