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Cross-System Collaboration

The LEAD Center fosters cross-system collaboration by partnering with federal agency leaders, state and local agency policymakers, and practitioners and subject matter experts to build a progressive vision to improve the employment outcomes and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities. No single organization or resource is able to respond effectively to the diverse needs of each individual with a disability, and others who face multiple barriers to employment. The LEAD Center facilitates and highlights promising practices in resource coordination across systems by proactively engaging with agencies and organizations to spur systems change that translates into significant improvements in the employment and economic advancement of individuals with disabilities.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

This policy brief examines the correlation between employment, health status and health care costs of people with disabilities. Employment can improve health by increasing social capital, enhancing psychological well-being, providing income, and...

Career Pathways Initiatives

September 2015 | Report/Brief | Americans Institutes for Research

This brief describes major national and regional career pathways initiatives and provides lessons learned for states considering the development and implementation of statewide career pathways programs.

Transition Quickguide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals

July 2015 | Report/Brief | U.S. Department of Labor

This information is for youth and young adults, including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, from ages 12-30.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief | State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Bud

2013 LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report – Making Collaboration Real

LEAD Center | January 2014 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

LEAD Center, Jan. 2014. This report summarizes the first annual LEAD Center Policy Roundtable discussions with recommendations to engage other federal agencies in a coordinated effort to improve integrated employment outcomes and economic...

Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Promoting Leadership: Effective Strategies for Integrating Employment Outcomes and Services into Managed Care Models

September 25, 2013

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview on the emergence of managed care as the preferred model for delivering Medicaid-funded long-term supports to individuals with disabilities.

Utah: The Need for Healthcare Reform

September 25, 2015

Disability rights advocates in Utah are expressing concern about a failed plan to expand Medicaid coverage by the end of this past July.

Alaska: Governor Announces Alaska to Become the 30th State to Expand Medicaid

August 26, 2015

Following 29 other states and the District of Columbia, Alaskan Governor Bill Walker has announced that the state will be accepting additional federal funds to expand Medicaid, which will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provi

CMS Responds to State Transition Plans

August 26, 2015

Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) took effect in the beginning of 2014, each state has had to produce a transition plan outlining a schedule and strategy for bringing

Massachusetts: University Of Massachusetts Medical School Partners with State to Increase Employment of People With Disabilities

August 26, 2015

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine Disability, Health and Employment Policy unit hosts a program that assists people with disabilities seeking employment.

National Quality Forum Publishes Interim Report on HCBS, Convenes Stakeholder Committee on Quality Measurement

August 26, 2015

Over the past several months, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has convened a stakeholder committee to develop recommendations to improve quality measurement for Medicaid Home and CommunityBased Services (HCBS).

New Jersey: Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

August 26, 2015

Governor Chris Christie has announced a proposal to curtail federal funding for Medicaid as part of a per capita cap that would remove $15 billion in federal funds over eight years.

State Medicaid Integration Tracker Update Published for July

August 26, 2015

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has published the July 2015 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker.

Comment Period Ends for EECO’s Proposed ADA Wellness Plan Rule

July 31, 2015

Earlier in 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule amending the agency’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for employer-sponsored wellness plans.

KANCARE Not Working for People with Disabilities, Advocates Say

July 31, 2015

During a public listening session hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) earlier this month, disability rights advocates, including representatives from the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, spoke on concerns about the capacity of Ka

Massachusetts Home Health Workers Win Wage Hike to $15 Per Hour

July 31, 2015

In the wake of national advocacy to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour across all labor sectors, home health workers who provide care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the clients they serve, have been at the forefront of low-pa

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

This policy brief examines the correlation between employment, health status and health care costs of people with disabilities. Employment can improve health by increasing social capital, enhancing psychological well-being, providing income, and...

Career Pathways Initiatives

September 2015 | Report/Brief | Americans Institutes for Research

This brief describes major national and regional career pathways initiatives and provides lessons learned for states considering the development and implementation of statewide career pathways programs.

Transition Quickguide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals

July 2015 | Report/Brief | U.S. Department of Labor

This information is for youth and young adults, including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, from ages 12-30.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief | State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Bud

2013 LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report – Making Collaboration Real

LEAD Center | January 2014 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

LEAD Center, Jan. 2014. This report summarizes the first annual LEAD Center Policy Roundtable discussions with recommendations to engage other federal agencies in a coordinated effort to improve integrated employment outcomes and economic...

Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Promoting Leadership: Effective Strategies for Integrating Employment Outcomes and Services into Managed Care Models

September 25, 2013

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview on the emergence of managed care as the preferred model for delivering Medicaid-funded long-term supports to individuals with disabilities.

Utah: The Need for Healthcare Reform

September 25, 2015

Disability rights advocates in Utah are expressing concern about a failed plan to expand Medicaid coverage by the end of this past July.

Alaska: Governor Announces Alaska to Become the 30th State to Expand Medicaid

August 26, 2015

Following 29 other states and the District of Columbia, Alaskan Governor Bill Walker has announced that the state will be accepting additional federal funds to expand Medicaid, which will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provi

CMS Responds to State Transition Plans

August 26, 2015

Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) took effect in the beginning of 2014, each state has had to produce a transition plan outlining a schedule and strategy for bringing

Massachusetts: University Of Massachusetts Medical School Partners with State to Increase Employment of People With Disabilities

August 26, 2015

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine Disability, Health and Employment Policy unit hosts a program that assists people with disabilities seeking employment.

National Quality Forum Publishes Interim Report on HCBS, Convenes Stakeholder Committee on Quality Measurement

August 26, 2015

Over the past several months, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has convened a stakeholder committee to develop recommendations to improve quality measurement for Medicaid Home and CommunityBased Services (HCBS).

New Jersey: Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

August 26, 2015

Governor Chris Christie has announced a proposal to curtail federal funding for Medicaid as part of a per capita cap that would remove $15 billion in federal funds over eight years.

State Medicaid Integration Tracker Update Published for July

August 26, 2015

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has published the July 2015 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker.

Comment Period Ends for EECO’s Proposed ADA Wellness Plan Rule

July 31, 2015

Earlier in 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule amending the agency’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for employer-sponsored wellness plans.

KANCARE Not Working for People with Disabilities, Advocates Say

July 31, 2015

During a public listening session hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) earlier this month, disability rights advocates, including representatives from the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, spoke on concerns about the capacity of Ka

Massachusetts Home Health Workers Win Wage Hike to $15 Per Hour

July 31, 2015

In the wake of national advocacy to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour across all labor sectors, home health workers who provide care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the clients they serve, have been at the forefront of low-pa

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

Understanding Medicaid Buy-in: A Tool to Advance Employment for People with Disabilities

July 2019 | Tool/Manual

This document was initially distributed through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) listserve. LEAD Center worked with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and ACL on this document.

Five Ways You Can Help Expand Opportunities for Competitive Integrated Employment in Your Community

LEAD Center | September 2018 | Report/Brief

Employment is central to all of our lives and is critical to financial stability and independence. The same is true for people with disabilities who seek competitive integrated employment (CIE). This paper provides stakeholders some suggestions for...

Employment First Community of Practice: U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Website

In addition to the robust technical assistance and training being offered to the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) core states, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has created an Employment First Community of...

Business 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide

December 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Business 30-Second Training Series and complementary Business Resource Guide were developed with a business focus and designed to educate businesses, hiring managers and supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can...

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider...

Practical Steps to Change Social and Human Service Delivery

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Presentation
LEAD Center

On November 2, 2016, LEAD Center Public Policy Co-Chair and National Disability Institute Executive Director, Michael Morris, led a conference session at the 2016 APSE Regional Institute in Sacramento, Calif.

Model Cooperative Agreements Between VR Agency and Medicaid, Mental Health, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Agencies

LEAD Center | October 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

Title IV of WIOA requires that VR agencies include in its State Plan an assurance that it has entered into a formal cooperative agreement with various state agencies. LEAD Center has created a summary of the VR policy framework for cooperative...

HCBS Advocacy

Website
Association of Unversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

This website, supported by Association of Unversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), serves as a “one-stop shop” for all information, resources and news related to CMS’ new HCBS regulations.

LEADing to Employment Information Brief: Funding for Assistive Technology - Transitioning from Secondary School to VR and Work

LEAD Center | May 2016 | Report/Brief

Learn about how Assistive Technology (AT) can follow people with disabilities from secondary school to post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation and employment. LEADing to Employment Information Briefs provide a summary on topics useful t

Webinars

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

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Policy Updates

HCBS Transition Plans Update

November 29, 2016

Arkansas

Nation Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

November 29, 2016

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time during which many people reflect on both the progress that has been made towards the full employment of people with disabilities and the long way that we still have to go.

United States Department of Justice Releases Statement on Application of Title II of the ADA and Olmstead to State Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities

November 29, 2016

On October 31, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement on how the integration mandates of Title II of the Ameri

September HCBS Transition Plan Update

October 3, 2016

In September, the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania were granted initial approval of their HCBS Transition Plans by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Brooklyn Law School Files Federal Complaint Challenging Private Health Insurance Company

September 30, 2016

The Disability and Civil Rights Clinic at Brooklyn Law School recently filed a complaint against two health insurance companies, Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and EmblemHealth.

Illinois Passes New Employee Sick Leave Act Allowing Employees to Take Leave to Support Family Members’ Health Needs

September 30, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed House Bill 6162, or the Employee Sick Leave Act. The Employee Sick

Research on Disability Releases Monthly nTIDE Report and Webinar which Shows Rising Disability Employment

September 30, 2016

On September 2, 2016, Research on Disability, a coalition of disability-focused research projects at the Institute on Disability and University of New Hampshire, released their latest

Texas Health and Human Services System to Transform Its Service Offerings

September 30, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will begin an overhaul that will convert its five agencies providing health and human services into three.

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Regulations Clarifying What Is Considered a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act

September 30, 2016

The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) has new regulations revising

ABLE Act Gains Traction in the States

August 30, 2016

Legislation enabling disability savings accounts under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act continues to gain ground in state legislatures.

LEAD On! Articles

TASH 2017 Conference

December 19, 2017

In December, the LEAD Center participated in the national TASH Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Important Additional Resources

September 27, 2017

Employment, Health Care, and Policy Update: August 2017

LEAD Center Knowledge Translation Activities

September 27, 2017

LEAD Center staff presented and/or exhibited at a number of conferences during the past quarter on strategies and practices to promote employment and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities.

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 5

September 27, 2017

LEAD Center is just finishing its fifth year and is proud of its many accomplishments. LEAD Center’s activities are all designed to improve competitive integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.

LEAD PARTNER: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

September 27, 2017

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is embracing the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation to deepen partnerships with education and workforce partners throughout the state.

LEAD PEOPLE: Nancy Boutot

September 27, 2017

Nancy Boutot is the Manager of Integrated Systems and Cross System Integration for the LEAD Center and Project Manager for Ticket to Work Outreach Support through National Disability Institute (NDI) Consulting.

Updates from the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADDER)

September 27, 2017

The LEAD Center continues to support the expanding work of the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADD

Important New Resources

June 29, 2017

The ABLE Act and

Virginia’s Accessibility and One-Stop Taskforce Models Cross Agency Collaboration to Address Equal Opportunity and Access for People with Disabilities

June 29, 2017

Last year, the LEAD Center was invited to join a Virginia Statewide WIOA cross-agency partner meeting to address accessibility of the one-stop service delivery system.

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

News

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

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Blogs

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

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Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

Understanding Medicaid Buy-in: A Tool to Advance Employment for People with Disabilities

July 2019 | Tool/Manual

This document was initially distributed through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) listserve. LEAD Center worked with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and ACL on this document.

Five Ways You Can Help Expand Opportunities for Competitive Integrated Employment in Your Community

LEAD Center | September 2018 | Report/Brief

Employment is central to all of our lives and is critical to financial stability and independence. The same is true for people with disabilities who seek competitive integrated employment (CIE). This paper provides stakeholders some suggestions for...

Employment First Community of Practice: U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Website

In addition to the robust technical assistance and training being offered to the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) core states, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has created an Employment First Community of...

Business 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide

December 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Business 30-Second Training Series and complementary Business Resource Guide were developed with a business focus and designed to educate businesses, hiring managers and supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can...

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider...

Practical Steps to Change Social and Human Service Delivery

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Presentation
LEAD Center

On November 2, 2016, LEAD Center Public Policy Co-Chair and National Disability Institute Executive Director, Michael Morris, led a conference session at the 2016 APSE Regional Institute in Sacramento, Calif.

Model Cooperative Agreements Between VR Agency and Medicaid, Mental Health, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Agencies

LEAD Center | October 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

Title IV of WIOA requires that VR agencies include in its State Plan an assurance that it has entered into a formal cooperative agreement with various state agencies. LEAD Center has created a summary of the VR policy framework for cooperative...

HCBS Advocacy

Website
Association of Unversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

This website, supported by Association of Unversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), serves as a “one-stop shop” for all information, resources and news related to CMS’ new HCBS regulations.

LEADing to Employment Information Brief: Funding for Assistive Technology - Transitioning from Secondary School to VR and Work

LEAD Center | May 2016 | Report/Brief

Learn about how Assistive Technology (AT) can follow people with disabilities from secondary school to post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation and employment. LEADing to Employment Information Briefs provide a summary on topics useful t

Webinars

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

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Policy Updates

HCBS Transition Plans Update

November 29, 2016

Arkansas

Nation Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

November 29, 2016

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time during which many people reflect on both the progress that has been made towards the full employment of people with disabilities and the long way that we still have to go.

United States Department of Justice Releases Statement on Application of Title II of the ADA and Olmstead to State Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities

November 29, 2016

On October 31, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement on how the integration mandates of Title II of the Ameri

September HCBS Transition Plan Update

October 3, 2016

In September, the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania were granted initial approval of their HCBS Transition Plans by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Brooklyn Law School Files Federal Complaint Challenging Private Health Insurance Company

September 30, 2016

The Disability and Civil Rights Clinic at Brooklyn Law School recently filed a complaint against two health insurance companies, Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and EmblemHealth.

Illinois Passes New Employee Sick Leave Act Allowing Employees to Take Leave to Support Family Members’ Health Needs

September 30, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed House Bill 6162, or the Employee Sick Leave Act. The Employee Sick

Research on Disability Releases Monthly nTIDE Report and Webinar which Shows Rising Disability Employment

September 30, 2016

On September 2, 2016, Research on Disability, a coalition of disability-focused research projects at the Institute on Disability and University of New Hampshire, released their latest

Texas Health and Human Services System to Transform Its Service Offerings

September 30, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will begin an overhaul that will convert its five agencies providing health and human services into three.

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Regulations Clarifying What Is Considered a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act

September 30, 2016

The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) has new regulations revising

ABLE Act Gains Traction in the States

August 30, 2016

Legislation enabling disability savings accounts under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act continues to gain ground in state legislatures.

LEAD On! Articles

TASH 2017 Conference

December 19, 2017

In December, the LEAD Center participated in the national TASH Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Important Additional Resources

September 27, 2017

Employment, Health Care, and Policy Update: August 2017

LEAD Center Knowledge Translation Activities

September 27, 2017

LEAD Center staff presented and/or exhibited at a number of conferences during the past quarter on strategies and practices to promote employment and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities.

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 5

September 27, 2017

LEAD Center is just finishing its fifth year and is proud of its many accomplishments. LEAD Center’s activities are all designed to improve competitive integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.

LEAD PARTNER: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

September 27, 2017

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is embracing the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation to deepen partnerships with education and workforce partners throughout the state.

LEAD PEOPLE: Nancy Boutot

September 27, 2017

Nancy Boutot is the Manager of Integrated Systems and Cross System Integration for the LEAD Center and Project Manager for Ticket to Work Outreach Support through National Disability Institute (NDI) Consulting.

Updates from the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADDER)

September 27, 2017

The LEAD Center continues to support the expanding work of the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADD

Important New Resources

June 29, 2017

The ABLE Act and

Virginia’s Accessibility and One-Stop Taskforce Models Cross Agency Collaboration to Address Equal Opportunity and Access for People with Disabilities

June 29, 2017

Last year, the LEAD Center was invited to join a Virginia Statewide WIOA cross-agency partner meeting to address accessibility of the one-stop service delivery system.

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

News

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

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Blogs

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

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LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

Understanding Medicaid Buy-in: A Tool to Advance Employment for People with Disabilities

July 2019 | Tool/Manual

This document was initially distributed through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) listserve. LEAD Center worked with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and ACL on this document.

Five Ways You Can Help Expand Opportunities for Competitive Integrated Employment in Your Community

LEAD Center | September 2018 | Report/Brief

Employment is central to all of our lives and is critical to financial stability and independence. The same is true for people with disabilities who seek competitive integrated employment (CIE). This paper provides stakeholders some suggestions for...

Employment First Community of Practice: U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Website

In addition to the robust technical assistance and training being offered to the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) core states, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has created an Employment First Community of...

Business 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide

December 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Business 30-Second Training Series and complementary Business Resource Guide were developed with a business focus and designed to educate businesses, hiring managers and supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can...

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider...

Practical Steps to Change Social and Human Service Delivery

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Presentation
LEAD Center

On November 2, 2016, LEAD Center Public Policy Co-Chair and National Disability Institute Executive Director, Michael Morris, led a conference session at the 2016 APSE Regional Institute in Sacramento, Calif.

Model Cooperative Agreements Between VR Agency and Medicaid, Mental Health, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Agencies

LEAD Center | October 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

Title IV of WIOA requires that VR agencies include in its State Plan an assurance that it has entered into a formal cooperative agreement with various state agencies. LEAD Center has created a summary of the VR policy framework for cooperative...

HCBS Advocacy

Website
Association of Unversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

This website, supported by Association of Unversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), serves as a “one-stop shop” for all information, resources and news related to CMS’ new HCBS regulations.

LEADing to Employment Information Brief: Funding for Assistive Technology - Transitioning from Secondary School to VR and Work

LEAD Center | May 2016 | Report/Brief

Learn about how Assistive Technology (AT) can follow people with disabilities from secondary school to post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation and employment. LEADing to Employment Information Briefs provide a summary on topics useful t

Webinars

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

  •  

Policy Updates

HCBS Transition Plans Update

November 29, 2016

Arkansas

Nation Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

November 29, 2016

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time during which many people reflect on both the progress that has been made towards the full employment of people with disabilities and the long way that we still have to go.

United States Department of Justice Releases Statement on Application of Title II of the ADA and Olmstead to State Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities

November 29, 2016

On October 31, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement on how the integration mandates of Title II of the Ameri

September HCBS Transition Plan Update

October 3, 2016

In September, the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania were granted initial approval of their HCBS Transition Plans by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Brooklyn Law School Files Federal Complaint Challenging Private Health Insurance Company

September 30, 2016

The Disability and Civil Rights Clinic at Brooklyn Law School recently filed a complaint against two health insurance companies, Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and EmblemHealth.

Illinois Passes New Employee Sick Leave Act Allowing Employees to Take Leave to Support Family Members’ Health Needs

September 30, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed House Bill 6162, or the Employee Sick Leave Act. The Employee Sick

Research on Disability Releases Monthly nTIDE Report and Webinar which Shows Rising Disability Employment

September 30, 2016

On September 2, 2016, Research on Disability, a coalition of disability-focused research projects at the Institute on Disability and University of New Hampshire, released their latest

Texas Health and Human Services System to Transform Its Service Offerings

September 30, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will begin an overhaul that will convert its five agencies providing health and human services into three.

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Regulations Clarifying What Is Considered a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act

September 30, 2016

The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) has new regulations revising

ABLE Act Gains Traction in the States

August 30, 2016

Legislation enabling disability savings accounts under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act continues to gain ground in state legislatures.

LEAD On! Articles

TASH 2017 Conference

December 19, 2017

In December, the LEAD Center participated in the national TASH Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Important Additional Resources

September 27, 2017

Employment, Health Care, and Policy Update: August 2017

LEAD Center Knowledge Translation Activities

September 27, 2017

LEAD Center staff presented and/or exhibited at a number of conferences during the past quarter on strategies and practices to promote employment and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities.

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 5

September 27, 2017

LEAD Center is just finishing its fifth year and is proud of its many accomplishments. LEAD Center’s activities are all designed to improve competitive integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.

LEAD PARTNER: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

September 27, 2017

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is embracing the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation to deepen partnerships with education and workforce partners throughout the state.

LEAD PEOPLE: Nancy Boutot

September 27, 2017

Nancy Boutot is the Manager of Integrated Systems and Cross System Integration for the LEAD Center and Project Manager for Ticket to Work Outreach Support through National Disability Institute (NDI) Consulting.

Updates from the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADDER)

September 27, 2017

The LEAD Center continues to support the expanding work of the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADD

Important New Resources

June 29, 2017

The ABLE Act and

Virginia’s Accessibility and One-Stop Taskforce Models Cross Agency Collaboration to Address Equal Opportunity and Access for People with Disabilities

June 29, 2017

Last year, the LEAD Center was invited to join a Virginia Statewide WIOA cross-agency partner meeting to address accessibility of the one-stop service delivery system.

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

News

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

  •  

Blogs

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

  •