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What is competitive integrated employment?

Competitive, integrated employment offers the same level of benefits, salary, support and opportunities to all employees with comparable experience, skills and education – whether or not they have disabilities.

Competitive integrated employment is work that:

Because people with disabilities who are seeking competitive employment are, by definition, competing for the same roles as job seekers without disabilities, it is essential that their experience, skills and education are comparable to people without disabilities. 

Spotlight on Samuel van der Swaagh, Perkins Employment Program alumni

Hear Sam tell his employment story and share tips that helped him land his first job.

Read on for tips and resources to help graduates land their first job:

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What is customized employment?

Kelsey, a young girl wearing a pink t-shirt and black apron, smiles at work at Chapters Coffee Carts. The company logo is in the upper right of the photo.

Celebrating inclusive employers: Meet Chapters Coffee Carts