Competitive Integrated Employment
This publication is about how different agencies should help young people with disabilities as they move into adult life. This process is called TRANSITION. These agencies are school districts and the Department of Rehabilitation. Some young people are also clients of a regional center. Regional centers also have to help with transition.
People with disabilities have the same right to work at a job that pays them minimum wage or more, in a place that has people with and without disabilities working together, and provides chances to get raises and promotions, as people without disabilities. This is called Competitive Integrated Employment, or CIE. Only by earning a real wage can a person truly become self-sufficient and independent. The right to CIE is especially important for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are often given jobs earning far below minimum wage.