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LEAD Center 2020 Top Activities

December 22, 2020

The LEAD Center brings together Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners at the national, state, and local level to expand policy, employment, leadership, and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for all people with disabilities. Below are highlights of some of the LEAD Center’s activities during 2020 related to WIOA Performance Reporting, Equal Opportunity Regulations and Policy, Promoting Work and Financial Literacy, and Inclusive Career Pathways.

WIOA Performance Reporting

Making it easier to use data to drive system improvements, the LEAD team developed an interactive online data visualization tool which allows the exploration of all WIOA disability-related data elements by state, county, and region, in addition to other variables such as type of participant and services received. The LEAD Center works in partnership with DOL's Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy to encourage the use of quality data to drive system improvements for people with disabilities.

Map of the United States showing state-level reporting of category of disability. There was low overall reporting nationwide.

Webinars

Conference Presentation

Understanding Equal Employment Opportunity Regulations & Policy

The LEAD Center provides knowledge translation on the use of effective strategies to increase employment and economic advancement through implementing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA Section188.

Webinars

Policy Brief

Other Activities:

  • Virginia Accessibility Training Pilot: Training hundreds of staff statewide across all four WIOA titles and their partners. (To learn more, see article later in this newsletter.)

Promoting Work and Financial Literacy

The LEAD Center provides knowledge translation on the use of effective strategies to increase employment and economic advancement through integrating financial literacy strategies, including Social Security work incentives, ABLE accounts, and asset development to promote economic empowerment.

Webinars

Other Activities:

  • Curation of a Financial Toolkit with DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration, Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy (in development).

Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways

The LEAD Center provides knowledge translation on the use of effective strategies to increase employment and economic advancement through creating Inclusive Career Pathways to leverage resources across systems that promote employment for people with disabilities.

Webinars

Conference Presentation

  • Virtual 2020 National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Veterans Conference: Discovering Your Purpose After Transitioning: Tools for Finding the Right Career Match Post-Discharge (August 13, 2020). This interactive session provided participants with: (1) tools specifically developed to assist in the “discovery” process, which is especially useful for war-wounded Veterans seeking employment or apprenticeships, and (2) tools to assist Veterans in envisioning how their military training, discipline, and mission-focus can benefit an employer and how to make that connection.

Other Activities:

  • Training series to increase registered apprenticeship for Veterans, in partnership with DOL’s Veterans' Employment & Training Service, Office of Apprenticeship, Office of Disability Employment Policy, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Readiness and Employment Apprenticeship.