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Neurodiversity Brief: Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Centers on Supporting Autistic People and Others with Disabilities to Promote Successful Employment


Neurodiversity Brief: Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Centers on Supporting Autistic People and Others with Disabilities to Promote Successful Employment Newsletter


December 10, 2018

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Our policy update focuses on the intersection of disability, employment and health care policy and provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding WIOA, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

This brief discusses actions that American Job Center (AJC) staff can take to make their services more accessible to autistic people and others with psychosocial, cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities (DD); this supports the creation of a neurodiverse, skilled workforce. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) emphasizes the role of America’s One- Stop Centers (otherwise known as AJCs) to promote equal opportunity and increase access for job seekers with barriers to employment, including people with disabilities (PWD). According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), AJCs are “the go-to destinations for people in search of career counseling, job connections, and similar employment-related services.”

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