Competitive Work Defined
Competitive Work means work in the labor market that is performed
- On a full-time or part-time basis.
- In an integrated setting – meaning a setting that is typically found in the community where people with and without disabilities interact.
- For which the individual is compensated at or above minimum wage (but not less than the customary and usual wage paid by an employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who are not disabled) (NDRN, 2011).
According to Cimera’s (2010) research:
“… supported employment was cost efficient from the workers’ perspective. That is, on average, individuals with intellectual disabilities who became successfully employed within their communities gained greater monetary benefits (i.e., wages earned) than the resulting monetary costs (i.e., forgone wages, taxes paid, reduction in subsidies).”
SC Fast Fact
Some school districts in South Carolina require that students with I/DD participate in a minimum of 360 hours of documented work before they can exit school.
Did You Know?
- Students employed at the time of high school exit were 5.1 times more likely to be engaged in post-school employment (NSTTAC, 2011).
- Students with prior work experience were significantly more likely to get a job than those that did not. In fact, those with paid vocational experience were 35% more likely to secure jobs (Fabian, 2007).