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WIOA/ Workforce Development

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers with and without disabilities in succeeding in the labor market, matching employers with skilled workers who benefit from education, skills training, and career services from the workforce development system.  The LEAD Center is focused on highlighting the opportunities presented in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to build integrated cross-system collaborations that improve employment and economic outcomes for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

FAQs: Using Customized Employment’s Discovery and Group Discovery Models to Promote Job Seeker Success in American Job Centers

LEAD Center | May 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

If you haven’t heard of Customized Employment or you think it has little relevance to helping today’s job seekers in the nation’s American Job Centers (AJC), think again.

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective - Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Activities) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

This policy brief outlines, from the disability perspective, key provisions of two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) pertaining to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), i.e., those provisions in title I of WIOA pertaining to wor

Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs

April 2015 | Report/Brief | AbilityPath

Whether you have a middle schooler (11–14), a high schooler (14–18), or even a young adult (18–26), this is a tool for you to use as you begin planning your child’s transition into adulthood.

What Every Employer Needs to Know: Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

March 2015 | Report/Brief | The Hartford

In this March 2015 report, disability experts announce research that found 80 percent of people with disabilities achieved their career goals at an acceptable level or higher when they had individualized support from employers.

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

February 2015 | Tool/Manual | White House Domestic Policy Council

This resource guide identifies relevant federal and federally funded resources for employers looking to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network

This publication answers frequently asked questions and seeks to clear confusion surrounding employers permitting the use of accrued paid leave, or providing unpaid leave, when an employee's disability necessitates it.

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American Corporation

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

ODEP and the LEAD Center studied best practices at a large, successful U.S. corporation to learn about and document effective retention and return-to-work policies and practices.

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference. The session provided an overview of the role of service providers, parents, supports, and self-advocates is to identify, introduce and s

Successful Employment: How Local American Job Centers (AJCs) Can Help

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

Many people with developmental disabilities believe that they aren’t eligible for American Job Center (AJC) services or that the services won’t accommodate their needs.

Achieving Equal Access and Opportunity: Requirements and Promising Practices

February 27, 2019

Don’t miss this webinar on promoting Equal Opportunity and complying with the requirements of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Section 188. 

The Inclusive Career Pathways Roadmap: Navigating the Road to Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency

February 20, 2019

The road to Inclusive Career Pathways can be difficult for stakeholders and workforce professionals to navigate. The destination is achieving Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency for people with disabilities. Getting there is the tricky part.

Career Pathways Community of Practice Meeting: Resources That Help Expand Opportunities for Career Pathways: “Freshman Year for Free”

December 11, 2018

Finding resources and creative ways to increase the success of individuals with disabilities in securing Competitive Integrated Employment often begins with navigating the Career Pathways landscape.

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) is critical to achieving equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities -- and so are you.

Community of Practice Meeting Adult and Continuing Education: Options and Resources to Promote Inclusive Career Pathways and Employment Outcomes

October 9, 2018

All Career Pathways partners should be aware of the substantial resources and collaboration opportunities that exist in their regions with career, technical and adult education programs.

Career Pathways: Introducing Entrepreneurship and Small Business Concepts for Youth with Disabilities

August 2, 2018

This training/Community of Practice meeting will recap the vision of WIOA for following a career pathway model for service delivery and explore Alaska’s innovation of including entrepreneurship and small business concepts into their service struct

Achieving 188 Compliance & AJC Certification: Key Strategies & Actions from Policy to Procedures - Series 3 of 3

April 30, 2018

The final webinar of the series will give a snapshot of the foundation set by WIOA’s disability-related provisions and Section 188.

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

In this webinar, the Technical Assistance teams of WINTAC, LEAD Center and DEI, along with Felipe Lulli from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Sara Hastings from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and Joe Ashley from

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

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

December 10, 2018

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 crea

Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget

July 31, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 13-14

July 31, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, held its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities

June 30, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessn

Senator Grassley Introduces New Bill to Incentivize Medicaid Community-Based Options

June 30, 2015

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, introduced a measure to provide financial incentives to states for increasing communitybased services for people with disabilities.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Hosts Third Virtual Meeting

May 29, 2015

On May 11 and 12, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its third meeting since first conve

Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas

April 30, 2015

In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S.

Minnesota Bill Aims to Expand Employment Services for People with Mental Illness

March 30, 2015

The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that would allow more individuals with psychiatric disabilities and behavioral health issues to access Individual Placement and Support (IPS) emp

LEAD Center Releases Neurodiversity Brief

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center recently released the brief, Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Cen

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 6

September 26, 2018

As LEAD Center finishes its sixth year, we are proud of our many accomplishments.

LEAD Conference Update

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living, themed Mobilize: Resistance through Action.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 26, 2018

The official theme of the U.S.

Building a Roadmap that Supports the National WIOA System to Navigate Inclusive Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

Over the past several months, the LEAD Center has researched effective strategies nationwide in serving people with disabilities and reaching positive employment outcomes through Inclusive Career Pathways.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing Highlighting People with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

On May 9, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities.” The hearing, chaired by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), sought to e

LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences

June 28, 2018

LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference.

LEAD People: Yvonne Wright

June 28, 2018

Yvonne Wright serves as the Director of Workforce Engagement and Innovation for the

Resources

June 28, 2018

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator’s Guide

LEAD Partner: Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has been participating in and offering technical assistance to Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce, which was created in 2016 as recommended in the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.

OPM Issues Final Rule to Simplify Schedule A Hiring Authority for Persons With Disabilities

February 21, 2013

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations for the “Schedule A Hiring Authority” to simplify the hiring process of people with intellectual, significant and psychiatric disabilities by not requiring candidates who have...

Monster.Com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind Users

January 30, 2013

The popular job search website Monster.com will be the first job search and recruitment website in the industry to provide job seekers who are blind with full and equal access to all of its products and services including mobile applications.

U.S. Labor Department Awards $1.1 million Grant to Establish Technical Assistance Center for Increasing Employment of People with Disabilities

September 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy on Sept.

My Greatest Regret is Never Having Worn the Uniform

November 11, 2014

There is a lot of talk today about “1 percent of the population.” When most people hear that phrase, they immediately think of the smallest percentage of the population with the greatest wealth. They think of the ‘have’s’ vs. the ‘have not’s.’

Bring Your Whole Self...To the Job Search

October 29, 2014

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, speak on a number of different occasions over the years.

Advancing the Ideals of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

As we head into the final week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), much progress has been in the disability employment movement. Momentum is obviously on our side. But, that does not mean the road ahead will be easy or as fast...

Eight Actions You Can Consider to Support Youth and Adults with Disabilities in WIOA Implementation

October 14, 2014

President Obama signed the Workforce innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014.

In the Know: Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities - Critical Concerns, and Strategies to Success

September 15, 2014

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. In fact, in the United States, small businesses account for over 50 percent of all newly created jobs. While small businesses can provide excellent opportunities for millions of Americans,...

In the Know: Poverty and Opportunity Profile - Disability

August 14, 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.

In the Know: American Job Center

July 10, 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.

In the Know: Persons with Disabilities: Labor Force Characteristics Summary

June 19, 2014

Our nation's economy continues to improve, the overall unemployment rate continues to fall and businesses are hiring at rates near pre-Great Recession levels. Unfortunately, however, the employment situation for people with disabilities is largely...

In the Know: Research Brief: Disability Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices and Policies: Who Has Them and What Difference Does it Really Make?

May 21, 2014

Dedicated to advancing knowledge, policies and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities, Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute recently released this report to further examine inclusive workforce...

In the Know: Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch

April 8, 2014

This highly anticipated report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers exciting news about employment of persons with disabilities in the federal government.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

FAQs: Using Customized Employment’s Discovery and Group Discovery Models to Promote Job Seeker Success in American Job Centers

LEAD Center | May 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

If you haven’t heard of Customized Employment or you think it has little relevance to helping today’s job seekers in the nation’s American Job Centers (AJC), think again.

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective - Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Activities) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

This policy brief outlines, from the disability perspective, key provisions of two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) pertaining to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), i.e., those provisions in title I of WIOA pertaining to wor

Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs

April 2015 | Report/Brief | AbilityPath

Whether you have a middle schooler (11–14), a high schooler (14–18), or even a young adult (18–26), this is a tool for you to use as you begin planning your child’s transition into adulthood.

What Every Employer Needs to Know: Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

March 2015 | Report/Brief | The Hartford

In this March 2015 report, disability experts announce research that found 80 percent of people with disabilities achieved their career goals at an acceptable level or higher when they had individualized support from employers.

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

February 2015 | Tool/Manual | White House Domestic Policy Council

This resource guide identifies relevant federal and federally funded resources for employers looking to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network

This publication answers frequently asked questions and seeks to clear confusion surrounding employers permitting the use of accrued paid leave, or providing unpaid leave, when an employee's disability necessitates it.

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American Corporation

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

ODEP and the LEAD Center studied best practices at a large, successful U.S. corporation to learn about and document effective retention and return-to-work policies and practices.

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference. The session provided an overview of the role of service providers, parents, supports, and self-advocates is to identify, introduce and s

Successful Employment: How Local American Job Centers (AJCs) Can Help

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

Many people with developmental disabilities believe that they aren’t eligible for American Job Center (AJC) services or that the services won’t accommodate their needs.

Achieving Equal Access and Opportunity: Requirements and Promising Practices

February 27, 2019

Don’t miss this webinar on promoting Equal Opportunity and complying with the requirements of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Section 188. 

The Inclusive Career Pathways Roadmap: Navigating the Road to Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency

February 20, 2019

The road to Inclusive Career Pathways can be difficult for stakeholders and workforce professionals to navigate. The destination is achieving Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency for people with disabilities. Getting there is the tricky part.

Career Pathways Community of Practice Meeting: Resources That Help Expand Opportunities for Career Pathways: “Freshman Year for Free”

December 11, 2018

Finding resources and creative ways to increase the success of individuals with disabilities in securing Competitive Integrated Employment often begins with navigating the Career Pathways landscape.

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) is critical to achieving equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities -- and so are you.

Community of Practice Meeting Adult and Continuing Education: Options and Resources to Promote Inclusive Career Pathways and Employment Outcomes

October 9, 2018

All Career Pathways partners should be aware of the substantial resources and collaboration opportunities that exist in their regions with career, technical and adult education programs.

Career Pathways: Introducing Entrepreneurship and Small Business Concepts for Youth with Disabilities

August 2, 2018

This training/Community of Practice meeting will recap the vision of WIOA for following a career pathway model for service delivery and explore Alaska’s innovation of including entrepreneurship and small business concepts into their service struct

Achieving 188 Compliance & AJC Certification: Key Strategies & Actions from Policy to Procedures - Series 3 of 3

April 30, 2018

The final webinar of the series will give a snapshot of the foundation set by WIOA’s disability-related provisions and Section 188.

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

In this webinar, the Technical Assistance teams of WINTAC, LEAD Center and DEI, along with Felipe Lulli from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Sara Hastings from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and Joe Ashley from

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

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

December 10, 2018

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 crea

Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget

July 31, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 13-14

July 31, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, held its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities

June 30, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessn

Senator Grassley Introduces New Bill to Incentivize Medicaid Community-Based Options

June 30, 2015

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, introduced a measure to provide financial incentives to states for increasing communitybased services for people with disabilities.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Hosts Third Virtual Meeting

May 29, 2015

On May 11 and 12, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its third meeting since first conve

Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas

April 30, 2015

In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S.

Minnesota Bill Aims to Expand Employment Services for People with Mental Illness

March 30, 2015

The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that would allow more individuals with psychiatric disabilities and behavioral health issues to access Individual Placement and Support (IPS) emp

LEAD Center Releases Neurodiversity Brief

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center recently released the brief, Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Cen

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 6

September 26, 2018

As LEAD Center finishes its sixth year, we are proud of our many accomplishments.

LEAD Conference Update

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living, themed Mobilize: Resistance through Action.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 26, 2018

The official theme of the U.S.

Building a Roadmap that Supports the National WIOA System to Navigate Inclusive Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

Over the past several months, the LEAD Center has researched effective strategies nationwide in serving people with disabilities and reaching positive employment outcomes through Inclusive Career Pathways.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing Highlighting People with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

On May 9, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities.” The hearing, chaired by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), sought to e

LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences

June 28, 2018

LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference.

LEAD People: Yvonne Wright

June 28, 2018

Yvonne Wright serves as the Director of Workforce Engagement and Innovation for the

Resources

June 28, 2018

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator’s Guide

LEAD Partner: Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has been participating in and offering technical assistance to Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce, which was created in 2016 as recommended in the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.

OPM Issues Final Rule to Simplify Schedule A Hiring Authority for Persons With Disabilities

February 21, 2013

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations for the “Schedule A Hiring Authority” to simplify the hiring process of people with intellectual, significant and psychiatric disabilities by not requiring candidates who have...

Monster.Com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind Users

January 30, 2013

The popular job search website Monster.com will be the first job search and recruitment website in the industry to provide job seekers who are blind with full and equal access to all of its products and services including mobile applications.

U.S. Labor Department Awards $1.1 million Grant to Establish Technical Assistance Center for Increasing Employment of People with Disabilities

September 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy on Sept.

My Greatest Regret is Never Having Worn the Uniform

November 11, 2014

There is a lot of talk today about “1 percent of the population.” When most people hear that phrase, they immediately think of the smallest percentage of the population with the greatest wealth. They think of the ‘have’s’ vs. the ‘have not’s.’

Bring Your Whole Self...To the Job Search

October 29, 2014

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, speak on a number of different occasions over the years.

Advancing the Ideals of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

As we head into the final week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), much progress has been in the disability employment movement. Momentum is obviously on our side. But, that does not mean the road ahead will be easy or as fast...

Eight Actions You Can Consider to Support Youth and Adults with Disabilities in WIOA Implementation

October 14, 2014

President Obama signed the Workforce innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014.

In the Know: Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities - Critical Concerns, and Strategies to Success

September 15, 2014

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. In fact, in the United States, small businesses account for over 50 percent of all newly created jobs. While small businesses can provide excellent opportunities for millions of Americans,...

In the Know: Poverty and Opportunity Profile - Disability

August 14, 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.

In the Know: American Job Center

July 10, 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.

In the Know: Persons with Disabilities: Labor Force Characteristics Summary

June 19, 2014

Our nation's economy continues to improve, the overall unemployment rate continues to fall and businesses are hiring at rates near pre-Great Recession levels. Unfortunately, however, the employment situation for people with disabilities is largely...

In the Know: Research Brief: Disability Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices and Policies: Who Has Them and What Difference Does it Really Make?

May 21, 2014

Dedicated to advancing knowledge, policies and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities, Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute recently released this report to further examine inclusive workforce...

In the Know: Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch

April 8, 2014

This highly anticipated report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers exciting news about employment of persons with disabilities in the federal government.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Business Engagement Self-Assessment Tool

June 2018 | Tool/Manual
WorkforceGPS Business Engagement Collaborative

This self-assessment is designed to help states and regions better understand how integrated and effective their business services are currently, and where enhancements can be made.

CareerOneStop Youth Program Finder

Website
CareerOneStop

The Youth Program Finder was created in response to requests for help locating services for people age 16 to 24. The Finder was designed to be used by young people on their own, or by adult intermediaries.

The ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education

June 2018 | Tool/Manual
PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

This transition handout answers frequently asked questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and postsecondary programs including questions related to admissions, architectural accessibility, dorm rooms, accommodations, disability...

Training Module: Assistive Technology in the Workplace

June 2018 | Presentation
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to access devices, equipment, and services so that they can perform job tasks and maintain employment.

Policy Brief: Reviewing and Updating Your WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2018 | Report/Brief

On January 24, 2018, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued new guidance to State Workforce Agencies, State and Local Workforce Boards and other partners (

CareerOneStop Local Help Tools

Website

CareerOneStop has updated more than a dozen local help finder tools for easy access from smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers. The Local Help collection of tools can quickly provide location and contact information for a variety of programs...

Disability and Employment: Connect the Pieces

Website

These resources are designed to help connect three key pieces together -- the American Job Center, the employer and individuals with disabilities.

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Op

LEAD On! Articles

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents an opportunity for federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources for jobseeke

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

December 15, 2015

As the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) continues its process of implementation, there are many important aspects that states should be currently preparing for, including the submittal of th

LEAD Hosts “Disability, Employment, and Lane v. Brown” Webinar

December 15, 2015

On October 22nd the LEAD Center hosted a webinar titled “Disability, Employment & Lane v.

LEAD PEOPLE Danielle Smith, State Equal Opportunity Officer - Missouri Division of Workforce Development-DED

December 15, 2015

Danielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

December 15, 2015

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The official theme of the U.S.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Releases Interim Report

September 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) recently released its interim report. 

Historic Department of Justice’s Settlement with Oregon Phases Out Sheltered Workshops

September 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a proposed settlement agreement earlier this month with Oregon that provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the support to achieve competitive integrated employment in...

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

September 30, 2015

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities,

Blogs

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

March 24, 2014

This 2013 webcast from JAN's Federal Winter Webcast Series Rewind provides a practical approach to processing requests for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. The step-by-step guide is easy to understand and can be used to examine requests....

In the Know: Leveling the Playing Field - Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities

February 25, 2014

This report stems from the work of The Conference Board Research Working Group on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities.

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

This fact sheet from the LEAD Center desribes various best practices for employers when making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

In the Know: StateData - The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

January 15, 2014

Federal and state policy have helped to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to have meaningful jobs in their communities, as well as a path out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

Workplace Flexibility Is Not Just a Reasonable Accommodation

December 31, 2013

When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, its guidance listed several examples of flexible workplace policies that an employer could consider when choosing a reasonable

In the Know: The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed

November 5, 2013

This issue brief, from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and written by the former NTAR Leadership Center, summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers w

Customized Employment Tactics: Increasing Employment Opportunities by Job Developing Up the Supply Chain

September 27, 2013

Customized Employment (CE) represents a new service strategy choice for American Job Centers (AJCs) and their vendors. CE represents an opportunity to better serve AJC customers with complex barriers to work.

In the Know: Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

September 5, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau's Disability Employment Tabulation – sponsored by the U.S.

In the Know: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

August 29, 2013

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses.

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Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Business Engagement Self-Assessment Tool

June 2018 | Tool/Manual
WorkforceGPS Business Engagement Collaborative

This self-assessment is designed to help states and regions better understand how integrated and effective their business services are currently, and where enhancements can be made.

CareerOneStop Youth Program Finder

Website
CareerOneStop

The Youth Program Finder was created in response to requests for help locating services for people age 16 to 24. The Finder was designed to be used by young people on their own, or by adult intermediaries.

The ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education

June 2018 | Tool/Manual
PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

This transition handout answers frequently asked questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and postsecondary programs including questions related to admissions, architectural accessibility, dorm rooms, accommodations, disability...

Training Module: Assistive Technology in the Workplace

June 2018 | Presentation
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to access devices, equipment, and services so that they can perform job tasks and maintain employment.

Policy Brief: Reviewing and Updating Your WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2018 | Report/Brief

On January 24, 2018, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued new guidance to State Workforce Agencies, State and Local Workforce Boards and other partners (

CareerOneStop Local Help Tools

Website

CareerOneStop has updated more than a dozen local help finder tools for easy access from smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers. The Local Help collection of tools can quickly provide location and contact information for a variety of programs...

Disability and Employment: Connect the Pieces

Website

These resources are designed to help connect three key pieces together -- the American Job Center, the employer and individuals with disabilities.

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Op

LEAD On! Articles

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents an opportunity for federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources for jobseeke

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

December 15, 2015

As the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) continues its process of implementation, there are many important aspects that states should be currently preparing for, including the submittal of th

LEAD Hosts “Disability, Employment, and Lane v. Brown” Webinar

December 15, 2015

On October 22nd the LEAD Center hosted a webinar titled “Disability, Employment & Lane v.

LEAD PEOPLE Danielle Smith, State Equal Opportunity Officer - Missouri Division of Workforce Development-DED

December 15, 2015

Danielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

December 15, 2015

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The official theme of the U.S.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Releases Interim Report

September 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) recently released its interim report. 

Historic Department of Justice’s Settlement with Oregon Phases Out Sheltered Workshops

September 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a proposed settlement agreement earlier this month with Oregon that provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the support to achieve competitive integrated employment in...

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

September 30, 2015

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities,

Blogs

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

March 24, 2014

This 2013 webcast from JAN's Federal Winter Webcast Series Rewind provides a practical approach to processing requests for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. The step-by-step guide is easy to understand and can be used to examine requests....

In the Know: Leveling the Playing Field - Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities

February 25, 2014

This report stems from the work of The Conference Board Research Working Group on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities.

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

This fact sheet from the LEAD Center desribes various best practices for employers when making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

In the Know: StateData - The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

January 15, 2014

Federal and state policy have helped to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to have meaningful jobs in their communities, as well as a path out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

Workplace Flexibility Is Not Just a Reasonable Accommodation

December 31, 2013

When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, its guidance listed several examples of flexible workplace policies that an employer could consider when choosing a reasonable

In the Know: The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed

November 5, 2013

This issue brief, from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and written by the former NTAR Leadership Center, summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers w

Customized Employment Tactics: Increasing Employment Opportunities by Job Developing Up the Supply Chain

September 27, 2013

Customized Employment (CE) represents a new service strategy choice for American Job Centers (AJCs) and their vendors. CE represents an opportunity to better serve AJC customers with complex barriers to work.

In the Know: Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

September 5, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau's Disability Employment Tabulation – sponsored by the U.S.

In the Know: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

August 29, 2013

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses.

  •  

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Business Engagement Self-Assessment Tool

June 2018 | Tool/Manual
WorkforceGPS Business Engagement Collaborative

This self-assessment is designed to help states and regions better understand how integrated and effective their business services are currently, and where enhancements can be made.

CareerOneStop Youth Program Finder

Website
CareerOneStop

The Youth Program Finder was created in response to requests for help locating services for people age 16 to 24. The Finder was designed to be used by young people on their own, or by adult intermediaries.

The ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education

June 2018 | Tool/Manual
PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

This transition handout answers frequently asked questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and postsecondary programs including questions related to admissions, architectural accessibility, dorm rooms, accommodations, disability...

Training Module: Assistive Technology in the Workplace

June 2018 | Presentation
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to access devices, equipment, and services so that they can perform job tasks and maintain employment.

Policy Brief: Reviewing and Updating Your WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2018 | Report/Brief

On January 24, 2018, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued new guidance to State Workforce Agencies, State and Local Workforce Boards and other partners (

CareerOneStop Local Help Tools

Website

CareerOneStop has updated more than a dozen local help finder tools for easy access from smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers. The Local Help collection of tools can quickly provide location and contact information for a variety of programs...

Disability and Employment: Connect the Pieces

Website

These resources are designed to help connect three key pieces together -- the American Job Center, the employer and individuals with disabilities.

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Op

LEAD On! Articles

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents an opportunity for federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources for jobseeke

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

December 15, 2015

As the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) continues its process of implementation, there are many important aspects that states should be currently preparing for, including the submittal of th

LEAD Hosts “Disability, Employment, and Lane v. Brown” Webinar

December 15, 2015

On October 22nd the LEAD Center hosted a webinar titled “Disability, Employment & Lane v.

LEAD PEOPLE Danielle Smith, State Equal Opportunity Officer - Missouri Division of Workforce Development-DED

December 15, 2015

Danielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

December 15, 2015

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The official theme of the U.S.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Releases Interim Report

September 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) recently released its interim report. 

Historic Department of Justice’s Settlement with Oregon Phases Out Sheltered Workshops

September 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a proposed settlement agreement earlier this month with Oregon that provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the support to achieve competitive integrated employment in...

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

September 30, 2015

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities,

Blogs

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

March 24, 2014

This 2013 webcast from JAN's Federal Winter Webcast Series Rewind provides a practical approach to processing requests for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. The step-by-step guide is easy to understand and can be used to examine requests....

In the Know: Leveling the Playing Field - Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities

February 25, 2014

This report stems from the work of The Conference Board Research Working Group on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities.

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

This fact sheet from the LEAD Center desribes various best practices for employers when making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

In the Know: StateData - The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

January 15, 2014

Federal and state policy have helped to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to have meaningful jobs in their communities, as well as a path out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

Workplace Flexibility Is Not Just a Reasonable Accommodation

December 31, 2013

When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, its guidance listed several examples of flexible workplace policies that an employer could consider when choosing a reasonable

In the Know: The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed

November 5, 2013

This issue brief, from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and written by the former NTAR Leadership Center, summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers w

Customized Employment Tactics: Increasing Employment Opportunities by Job Developing Up the Supply Chain

September 27, 2013

Customized Employment (CE) represents a new service strategy choice for American Job Centers (AJCs) and their vendors. CE represents an opportunity to better serve AJC customers with complex barriers to work.

In the Know: Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

September 5, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau's Disability Employment Tabulation – sponsored by the U.S.

In the Know: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

August 29, 2013

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses.

  •