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About Us

With funding from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor, LEAD Center is continuing its work (a) to promote equal opportunity within the broader workforce system for youth and adults with disabilities; (b) to advance the development of inclusive career pathways using the interactive Road to Inclusive Career Pathways on the LEAD website; (c) to support economic advancement and financial literacy for youth and adults with disabilities; and (d) to provide up-to-date data to the field on employment and related outcomes for people with disabilities.

The LEAD Center’s work focuses on promoting innovation in policy, employment, and economic advancement to advance individual and systems level change for all people with disabilities. The LEAD Center provides policy research and recommendations, training, and technical assistance, as well as demonstration projects designed to break down silos in existing systems, processes, and practices, and foster wider understanding, adoption, and integration of next-generation employment practices in both the public and private sector.

Led by Social Policy Research Associates and National Disability Institute, the LEAD Center – known formally as the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD) – brings together a range of organizations, thought leaders, and best-practice innovators to expand policy, employment, leadership, and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for all people with disabilities.

Learn more about us and how we work to advance innovative employment outcomes and greater financial stability for Americans with disabilities by exploring our website and joining our mailing list.

Our Mission

To advance sustainable individual and systems-level change that results in improved, competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of disability.


Get to know the national LEAD Center staff.


Meet the LEAD Center’s national partners and knowledge transfer consortium partners.

Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium

The consortium brings together federally-funded Training and Technical Assistance Centers, each with their own unique mission addressing different aspects of employment, career readiness and development, transition, and accessibility for youth and adults with disabilities.