Initially founded in 1974 as Rehabilitation Enterprises of WA, the Community Employment Alliance is a
non-profit organization, with a membership network of businesses and employment service providers
for people with disabilities throughout Washington State.
Community Employment starts with a presumption that a person with a disability can work.
It is assumed that individuals are capable of working, and employment in the general workforce should be
the first option pursued for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems.
Under Employment First, assistance to find a job in the community, and become a tax-paying citizen, is the preferred choice.
Simply put, Employment First means real jobs at real wages.
Studies have shown that the vast majority of individuals with disabilities prefer to work in the community,
regardless of the level of their disability.
It has been continuously shown that with assistance, accommodations, and encouragement,
many more people with disabilities can work successfully in the community.
Advocating, Educating & Partnering for Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities