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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
 

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief | 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 beneficiaries with disabilities.

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

June 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2012 - 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.

Impact of Federal Policies on an Aging Workforce with Disabilities

March 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, March 2012. This report examines the potential impact of federal policy on work incentives for adults with disabilities in their sixties an late fifties.

Innovative Collaborations Between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Urgent Local Workforce Needs

February 2012 | Report/Brief

Government Accountability Office, February 2012 - Workforce board officials and their partners in 14 initiatives cited a range of factors that facilitated building innovative collaborations.

Fiscal Austerity and the Transition to 21st Century Employment Disability Policy: A Road Map

November 2011 | Report/Brief

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, November 2011 - Systemic problems with the current support system for working-age people with disabilities are failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving...

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief | The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

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.

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.

Study by Dartmouth Health Researchers Finds That People with Mental Illness Who Receive Supported Employment Services Have Improved Quality of Life

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice released a study showing that most people with serious mental illness can improve the quality of their lives if they are given sufficient employment supports in the...

Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Release Memo Detailing Major Changes to Authorization of Facility-Based Day Services Under Its Section 1915(c) Intellectual Disability Waivers

June 29, 2016

On June 20, 2016, Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, released a memo detailing major changes to the way in which the state will authorize facility-based day services, including employm

CMS & ACL Partner with Tennessee To Host Webinar for Advocates and External Stakeholders on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan

May 31, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) partnered with the state of Tennessee on May 26th to host a webinar on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan titled, HCBS Implementation and the...

CMS Releases Its Final Rule Addressing Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), including Employment LTSS, Under Managed Care Plans

May 31, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care programs.

CMS Releases Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements in HCBS Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit

May 31, 2016

CMS has recently released a new section of its Settings Requirements Compliance toolkit, titled Frequently Asked Questions on Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements. The resource addresses a number of questions that people...

EEOC Issues New Resource Related to Getting Employees Crucial Disability-Related Employment Leave, Including Medical Leave

May 31, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document discussing and clarifying the rights available to individuals who request work leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilit

National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Publication of Final Rule on Overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime exemptions under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Unclear Language in Iowa’s Health Care Budget Bill Prevents $750,000 from Being Spent on Supported Employment

May 31, 2016

Iowa’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 9, 2016 that, due to an unclear statement of how money was to be spent in a 2015 health care budget bill, $750,000 initially allocated to increase supported employment has not been sp

CMS Approves Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, Including Supported Employment Provisions

April 29, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted final approval for Tennessee’s Statewide Transition Plan, designed to bring the state into compliance with CMS’ final rules on home and community-based services (HCBS).

Employment, Health Care and Disability Monthly Policy Updates Examine Issues, Connections, Progress and Impact

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Employment, Health Care and Disability policy updates are monthly updates examining the intersect

Policy Roundtable Update: LEAD Center Presents to Federal Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor

June 30, 2014

In July 2013, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Release New Regulations on Home and Community-Based Settings

March 30, 2014

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations governing home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through state Medicaid programs.

LEAD Center Establishes Community of Practice with NCIL to Promote Employment and Economic Advancement

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL), established a community of practice (COP) on employment and economic advancement to provide peer-to-peer mentorship, training and technical assistance to Ce

LEAD Center Releases Policy Roundtable Report

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center recently released the report from its first bi-annual Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

LEAD PARTNERS Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

March 30, 2014

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2015

The entire month of October, we will join countless nonprofits, organizations, all levels of government, and individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, as well as disability advocates raising awareness about disability employment...

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

LEAD Center Travels to Baltimore for Reinventing Quality 2014

August 6, 2014

From Aug. 3- 5, Baltimore, Maryland, served as host to the 2014 Reinventing Quality Conference.

LEAD Presents at 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living

July 31, 2014

On July 31, LEAD Center Public Policy Lead and Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI) Michael Morris presented at the 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Next Disability Community Call February 26th

February 21, 2014

The next White House Office of Public Engagement disability community conference call featuring a senior Administration official will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-4:00 PM EST.

LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report Available

February 5, 2014

The LEAD Center released recently the report from its first bi-annual 2013 Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Disability Community Call on Thursday, Jan. 30

January 29, 2014

This Thursday, January 30 at 3 p.m. ET the White House Office of Public Engagement will re-launch its disability community conference White House call featuring a senior Administration official.

New CMS Rule On Home and Community-Based Services Gives States Greater Flexibility to Serve the Disability Community

January 17, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released recently new regulations on state Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) programs.

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.

Double Duty: Hire a Veteran with a Disability

November 9, 2017

In LEAD Center's new blog, Marlene Ulisky, Financial Empowerment & Disability Benefits Manager at National Disability Institute, talks about how the military engrains many skills that are transferable to civilian jobs and how hiring a veteran...

Your First Job Should Not Be Your Last

October 12, 2017

I want a job, or two, or three… Can you answer the following question? On a load chart, values above the bold line mean:

The Transformative Power of Work and Inclusion: Reflections on the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2017

Rebecca Salon, Project Director for LEAD, shares her perspective on the transformative power of work and reflects on the Americans with Disabilities Act, 27 years after it was signed into law.

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

From Screen to Society: How Television Increases Disability Inclusion

October 11, 2016

We may watch television to relax, but watching that screen can also widen our world view.

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

April 4, 2016

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

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

CMS’ New HCBS Regulations Opens the Door to Competitive Employment for People with Disabilities

October 9, 2015

As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), it is important that we take account of the incredible progress that has been made in the fight to ensure all people, including people with disabilities, have access to gainful...

In the Know: HCBS Advocacy

July 2, 2015

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations on acceptable and unacceptable home and community based services (HCBS) settings.

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.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief | 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 beneficiaries with disabilities.

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

June 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2012 - 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.

Impact of Federal Policies on an Aging Workforce with Disabilities

March 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, March 2012. This report examines the potential impact of federal policy on work incentives for adults with disabilities in their sixties an late fifties.

Innovative Collaborations Between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Urgent Local Workforce Needs

February 2012 | Report/Brief

Government Accountability Office, February 2012 - Workforce board officials and their partners in 14 initiatives cited a range of factors that facilitated building innovative collaborations.

Fiscal Austerity and the Transition to 21st Century Employment Disability Policy: A Road Map

November 2011 | Report/Brief

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, November 2011 - Systemic problems with the current support system for working-age people with disabilities are failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving...

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief | The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

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.

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.

Study by Dartmouth Health Researchers Finds That People with Mental Illness Who Receive Supported Employment Services Have Improved Quality of Life

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice released a study showing that most people with serious mental illness can improve the quality of their lives if they are given sufficient employment supports in the...

Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Release Memo Detailing Major Changes to Authorization of Facility-Based Day Services Under Its Section 1915(c) Intellectual Disability Waivers

June 29, 2016

On June 20, 2016, Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, released a memo detailing major changes to the way in which the state will authorize facility-based day services, including employm

CMS & ACL Partner with Tennessee To Host Webinar for Advocates and External Stakeholders on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan

May 31, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) partnered with the state of Tennessee on May 26th to host a webinar on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan titled, HCBS Implementation and the...

CMS Releases Its Final Rule Addressing Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), including Employment LTSS, Under Managed Care Plans

May 31, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care programs.

CMS Releases Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements in HCBS Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit

May 31, 2016

CMS has recently released a new section of its Settings Requirements Compliance toolkit, titled Frequently Asked Questions on Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements. The resource addresses a number of questions that people...

EEOC Issues New Resource Related to Getting Employees Crucial Disability-Related Employment Leave, Including Medical Leave

May 31, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document discussing and clarifying the rights available to individuals who request work leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilit

National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Publication of Final Rule on Overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime exemptions under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Unclear Language in Iowa’s Health Care Budget Bill Prevents $750,000 from Being Spent on Supported Employment

May 31, 2016

Iowa’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 9, 2016 that, due to an unclear statement of how money was to be spent in a 2015 health care budget bill, $750,000 initially allocated to increase supported employment has not been sp

CMS Approves Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, Including Supported Employment Provisions

April 29, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted final approval for Tennessee’s Statewide Transition Plan, designed to bring the state into compliance with CMS’ final rules on home and community-based services (HCBS).

Employment, Health Care and Disability Monthly Policy Updates Examine Issues, Connections, Progress and Impact

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Employment, Health Care and Disability policy updates are monthly updates examining the intersect

Policy Roundtable Update: LEAD Center Presents to Federal Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor

June 30, 2014

In July 2013, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Release New Regulations on Home and Community-Based Settings

March 30, 2014

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations governing home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through state Medicaid programs.

LEAD Center Establishes Community of Practice with NCIL to Promote Employment and Economic Advancement

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL), established a community of practice (COP) on employment and economic advancement to provide peer-to-peer mentorship, training and technical assistance to Ce

LEAD Center Releases Policy Roundtable Report

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center recently released the report from its first bi-annual Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

LEAD PARTNERS Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

March 30, 2014

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2015

The entire month of October, we will join countless nonprofits, organizations, all levels of government, and individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, as well as disability advocates raising awareness about disability employment...

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

LEAD Center Travels to Baltimore for Reinventing Quality 2014

August 6, 2014

From Aug. 3- 5, Baltimore, Maryland, served as host to the 2014 Reinventing Quality Conference.

LEAD Presents at 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living

July 31, 2014

On July 31, LEAD Center Public Policy Lead and Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI) Michael Morris presented at the 2014 Annual Conference on Independent Living.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Next Disability Community Call February 26th

February 21, 2014

The next White House Office of Public Engagement disability community conference call featuring a senior Administration official will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-4:00 PM EST.

LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report Available

February 5, 2014

The LEAD Center released recently the report from its first bi-annual 2013 Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Disability Community Call on Thursday, Jan. 30

January 29, 2014

This Thursday, January 30 at 3 p.m. ET the White House Office of Public Engagement will re-launch its disability community conference White House call featuring a senior Administration official.

New CMS Rule On Home and Community-Based Services Gives States Greater Flexibility to Serve the Disability Community

January 17, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released recently new regulations on state Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) programs.

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.

Double Duty: Hire a Veteran with a Disability

November 9, 2017

In LEAD Center's new blog, Marlene Ulisky, Financial Empowerment & Disability Benefits Manager at National Disability Institute, talks about how the military engrains many skills that are transferable to civilian jobs and how hiring a veteran...

Your First Job Should Not Be Your Last

October 12, 2017

I want a job, or two, or three… Can you answer the following question? On a load chart, values above the bold line mean:

The Transformative Power of Work and Inclusion: Reflections on the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2017

Rebecca Salon, Project Director for LEAD, shares her perspective on the transformative power of work and reflects on the Americans with Disabilities Act, 27 years after it was signed into law.

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

From Screen to Society: How Television Increases Disability Inclusion

October 11, 2016

We may watch television to relax, but watching that screen can also widen our world view.

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

April 4, 2016

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

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

CMS’ New HCBS Regulations Opens the Door to Competitive Employment for People with Disabilities

October 9, 2015

As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), it is important that we take account of the incredible progress that has been made in the fight to ensure all people, including people with disabilities, have access to gainful...

In the Know: HCBS Advocacy

July 2, 2015

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations on acceptable and unacceptable home and community based services (HCBS) settings.

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.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in...

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.   

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.

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...

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief
The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for...

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

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief
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 beneficiaries with disabilities.

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief
The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

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Policy Updates

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc.

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

President Obama’s 2017 Budget: Impact on Employment and Health Care for People with Disabilities

February 29, 2016

On February 9, 2016, President Obama and his administration released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its

Update on HCBS Transition Plans: Washington State

February 29, 2016

Washington State’s newly revised HCBS Transition Plan makes a number of important steps towards the full integration of people with disabilities into the community.

ANCOR and Disability Advocates Call for CMS to Consider Supported Employment and HCBS Services in Its Managed Care Network Adequacy Rulemaking

January 29, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and a coalition of disability rights advocates are urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider both supported employment and Home and Community-Based Servic

Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families

January 29, 2016

A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in...

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.   

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.

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...

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief
The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for...

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

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief
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 beneficiaries with disabilities.

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief
The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

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Policy Updates

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc.

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

President Obama’s 2017 Budget: Impact on Employment and Health Care for People with Disabilities

February 29, 2016

On February 9, 2016, President Obama and his administration released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its

Update on HCBS Transition Plans: Washington State

February 29, 2016

Washington State’s newly revised HCBS Transition Plan makes a number of important steps towards the full integration of people with disabilities into the community.

ANCOR and Disability Advocates Call for CMS to Consider Supported Employment and HCBS Services in Its Managed Care Network Adequacy Rulemaking

January 29, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and a coalition of disability rights advocates are urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider both supported employment and Home and Community-Based Servic

Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families

January 29, 2016

A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in...

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.   

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.

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...

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief
The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for...

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

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief
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 beneficiaries with disabilities.

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief
The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

  •  

Policy Updates

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc.

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

President Obama’s 2017 Budget: Impact on Employment and Health Care for People with Disabilities

February 29, 2016

On February 9, 2016, President Obama and his administration released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its

Update on HCBS Transition Plans: Washington State

February 29, 2016

Washington State’s newly revised HCBS Transition Plan makes a number of important steps towards the full integration of people with disabilities into the community.

ANCOR and Disability Advocates Call for CMS to Consider Supported Employment and HCBS Services in Its Managed Care Network Adequacy Rulemaking

January 29, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and a coalition of disability rights advocates are urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider both supported employment and Home and Community-Based Servic

Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families

January 29, 2016

A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services.