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LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals' (NAWDP) 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 4th through the 6th. LEAD Center was invited to conduct two workshops on improving employment opportunities and services for people with disabilities.

The first session, Successfully Serving Job Seekers with Disabilities: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a Disability Perspective, covered WIOA provisions related to serving youth and adults with disabilities within the workforce development and vocational rehabilitation (VR) systems. This interactive session reviewed the provisions in WIOA that are applicable to serving youth and adults with disabilities within workforce development and vocational rehabilitation systems. The session included information about programmatic and physical accessibility strategies, support for complying with Section 188 Equal Opportunity requirements, suggestions for partnerships and uses of assistive technology to support the attainment of employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities. Participants were provided with resources from the LEAD Center and its partners to support them in better serving youth and adults with disabilities and in supporting employers in meeting their hiring needs, diversity goals and Section 503 Requirements.

The second session, Opening Doors: Creating an Accessible Welcoming Environment for Jobs Seekers with Disabilities, equipped participants with best practices and strategies to better serve and accommodate the needs of job seekers with disabilities. This session provided answers to questions on how to best support a job seeker with a disability, how to design intake, assessment and other programmatic approaches that will be accessible to people with a range of disabilities, and how best to offer assistance to a person with a disability. An overview of practices was also provided that help to create a welcoming environment for job seekers with disabilities, including the resources available to assist in serving them, a review of disability etiquette, an overview of universal design, uses for assistive technology, and practical information to use and share with colleagues.