On Tuesday, I had the honor of presenting Governor Haslam with the “Expect Employment” report, detailing the work of the Employment First Task Force over the past year. The task force was created by Executive Order No. 28, which the governor signed last year. The report includes the barriers to employment for persons with disabilities, as well as seven recommendations to improve employment outcomes. I would like to thank the hard work and dedication of the people who participated in the task force. The state has already seen the progress that can be made when state agencies, persons with disabilities and their families, and other stakeholders collaborate and bring ideas to the table. I look forward to seeing what we can all do together moving forward as we try to make Tennessee a national model for successful strategies for improving disability employment.