AZ Employment First Initiative – Updates

DD Network Collaborations
DDNN Winter 2016/17

Over the last year, the group of stakeholders (government agencies, schools, employers, service providers, advocacy organizations, and members of the AZ DD Network) involved in the AZ Employment First Initiative has continued to meet, expand and begin implementing the Employment First Strategic Plan. Accomplishments to celebrate include the creation of two new positions in Arizona to lead this initiative.  The Sonoran UCEDD, in partnership with the Rehabilitation Services Administration/Vocational Rehabilitation, hired Susan Voirol as its Phoenix Manager for Employment First & Transition Initiatives to lead the efforts in moving this initiative forward and expand the reach of the UCEDD. Additionally, the Division of Developmental Disabilities positioned Margaret Corcoran as Employment Services Manager, to co-lead these efforts. These positions show the commitment from partnering agencies to this initiative.

AZ Employment First: Job Opportunities Build SuccessIn addition, three subcommittees have been established to address: Communicating the Employment First message, Employer Engagement, and Systems Transformation. In addition, an Employment First website is under development, plain language materials are being created, and the Employment First message is being spread throughout Arizona through local and state presentations addressing all audiences. We are thankful for the support and collaboration among the stakeholders, and look forward to exploring additional ways to create awareness and work together as we increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Arizona.

To learn more or to support this important initiative, please contact Susan Voirol at | 520.549.7145

For general information and AZ Employment First documents, visit