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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
 

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 Innovat

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website | Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitmen

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief | U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual | LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance

How WIOA Can Support Workers Facing Economic Challenges

April 29, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities. 

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 Advisory Committee Holds Eighth Meeting

June 30, 2016

On April 27 and 28, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities held its eighth meeting.

WIOA Services and Performance Begins July 1st

June 30, 2016

Breaking News: Final Rules were issued for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on June 30, 2016. For more information, please visit https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/.

LEAD Center Promotes Disability Policy at Multiple National and State Conferences

March 31, 2016

2nd Annual Independence through Employment Conference (Florida)

AbilityOne Releases Statement on Subminimum Wage

March 31, 2016

On March 18, 2016, the U.S.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 31, 2016

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans from California, Iowa, and North Carolina utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance effective and meaningful participation of youth and adults with

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

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.

The Empowering Nature of Work

October 31, 2018

As National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) concludes, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) shares with us their new public service announcement (PSA), "Working Works."

What the ADA Means to Our Family

July 23, 2018

In LEAD Center's newest blog, Alison Nodvin Barkoff and her brother, Evan Nodvin, share how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has impacted their family, commemorate its 28th anniversary, and urge others to keep advocating for progress. 

Inclusion Drives Innovation: The Mobile Accommodation Solution App

October 24, 2017

In LEAD's newest blog, Lou Orslene, Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), talks about Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS). MAS is a new mobile workplace accommodation case management app to help U.S. businesses create inclusive...

Showing the World That ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

October 3, 2017

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) shares information on their national effort aimed at shaping attitudes and improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and how their work intersects with October being National...

Workplace Accommodations Are an Integral Part of Disability Inclusion

October 26, 2016

Inclusion works, and at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), we can tell you – with research to back it up – that the benefits employers receive from implementing effective workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost.

In The Know: Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work

September 2, 2016

As workers age, they may acquire disabilities, so corporations would be wise to think about cost-effective ways of providing workplace accommodations. What best practices can companies put in place to address the needs of all employees while staying...

In The Know: "Work Capability and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis"

August 3, 2016

Do you have multiple sclerosis (MS)? Do you wonder how fatigue and other symptoms of MS will affect your ability to work, as well as the quality of your life?

In The Know: Veterans.gov

July 5, 2016

Beyond simply thanking our veterans for their service, it is our duty to actively help them succeed as members of society. Seeking to meet this need, the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov.

In The Know: "Work Early, Work Often"

June 16, 2016

The sooner that we can provide young adults with exposure to the working world, the better. This is particularly true for young adults with disabilities.

Working with a Mental Illness: Is It Possible for You?

May 19, 2016

Do you have a mental illness? Are you interested in working? Are you already working but need some help on the job? There are a lot of resources available to help you.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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 Innovat

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website | Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitmen

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief | U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual | LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance

How WIOA Can Support Workers Facing Economic Challenges

April 29, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities. 

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 Advisory Committee Holds Eighth Meeting

June 30, 2016

On April 27 and 28, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities held its eighth meeting.

WIOA Services and Performance Begins July 1st

June 30, 2016

Breaking News: Final Rules were issued for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on June 30, 2016. For more information, please visit https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/.

LEAD Center Promotes Disability Policy at Multiple National and State Conferences

March 31, 2016

2nd Annual Independence through Employment Conference (Florida)

AbilityOne Releases Statement on Subminimum Wage

March 31, 2016

On March 18, 2016, the U.S.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 31, 2016

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans from California, Iowa, and North Carolina utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance effective and meaningful participation of youth and adults with

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

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.

The Empowering Nature of Work

October 31, 2018

As National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) concludes, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) shares with us their new public service announcement (PSA), "Working Works."

What the ADA Means to Our Family

July 23, 2018

In LEAD Center's newest blog, Alison Nodvin Barkoff and her brother, Evan Nodvin, share how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has impacted their family, commemorate its 28th anniversary, and urge others to keep advocating for progress. 

Inclusion Drives Innovation: The Mobile Accommodation Solution App

October 24, 2017

In LEAD's newest blog, Lou Orslene, Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), talks about Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS). MAS is a new mobile workplace accommodation case management app to help U.S. businesses create inclusive...

Showing the World That ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

October 3, 2017

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) shares information on their national effort aimed at shaping attitudes and improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and how their work intersects with October being National...

Workplace Accommodations Are an Integral Part of Disability Inclusion

October 26, 2016

Inclusion works, and at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), we can tell you – with research to back it up – that the benefits employers receive from implementing effective workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost.

In The Know: Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work

September 2, 2016

As workers age, they may acquire disabilities, so corporations would be wise to think about cost-effective ways of providing workplace accommodations. What best practices can companies put in place to address the needs of all employees while staying...

In The Know: "Work Capability and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis"

August 3, 2016

Do you have multiple sclerosis (MS)? Do you wonder how fatigue and other symptoms of MS will affect your ability to work, as well as the quality of your life?

In The Know: Veterans.gov

July 5, 2016

Beyond simply thanking our veterans for their service, it is our duty to actively help them succeed as members of society. Seeking to meet this need, the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov.

In The Know: "Work Early, Work Often"

June 16, 2016

The sooner that we can provide young adults with exposure to the working world, the better. This is particularly true for young adults with disabilities.

Working with a Mental Illness: Is It Possible for You?

May 19, 2016

Do you have a mental illness? Are you interested in working? Are you already working but need some help on the job? There are a lot of resources available to help you.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website
Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitment...

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief
U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance...

Webinars

NAWB Workshop: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

This session from the NAWB Conference provided attendees with tools and strategies related to performance reporting requirements under WIOA, with a focus on promoting positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

NAWDP Webinar: Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities

September 16, 2014

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act places a greater emphasis on serving all job seekers – regardless of ability.

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.

Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

September 24, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about best practices in Section 188 implementation and compliance.

Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System

April 23, 2014

There are new challenges and opportunities for federal contractors as a result of requirements of the Section 503 final rule.

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.

Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities & other Barriers to Employment

May 21, 2020

During COVID-19, many American Job Centers and core workforce system partners have shifted to virtual services. COVID-19 has highlighted new accommodation needs for people with disabilities and the workforce staff who support them.

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.

Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA

June 24, 2015

View this webinar to learn more about cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities.

Understanding WIOA Disability-Related Reporting: Tools for Data Visualization

September 17, 2020

Access to quality data makes good policy possible and workforce services accessible for everyone.

LEAD On! Articles

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.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

LEAD Partner: Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center has been working in partnership with the Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center (AJC) in Tennessee for the past two years.

News

LEAD Center Featured in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast on Employment & Workforce for People with Disabilities

May 31, 2013

LEAD Center, ODEP and DOL highlighted in a recent podcast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta featuring Michael Morris, LEAD Center policy team co-lead.

Theme Announced for 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

May 28, 2013

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

LEAD Center Public Policy Team Co-Lead Michael Morris Pens Blog Post on Workforce Development System Myths

May 24, 2013

Michael Morris, LEAD Center Public Policy Team co-lead, recently contributed a blog post to the ODEP Employment First ePolicyWorks space on Workforce Development System Myths.

LEAD Center Presents on Workplace Flexibility at NAWDP Conference

May 23, 2013

On May 21st, Barbara Wleklinski, LEAD Center Subject Matter Expert, and Elizabeth Jennings, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, led a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the Annual National Assiociation of Workforce...

Free Public Online Dialogue May 13-27 to Discuss Transition from School to Work of Youth with Disabilities

May 15, 2013

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities.

DiversityInc Announces Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Nine of the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities are members of USBLN®, a LEAD Center partner.

NAWDP Survey Reveals Desire for Training on Job Accommodation, Workplace Flexibility and Working with People with Hidden Disabilities

March 26, 2013

Learn more about a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a LEAD Center national partner, and what it revealed about training opportunities and possible barriers to employment for...

Workers with Disabilities Experience Lower Employment Rates and Lower Pay than Workers without Disabilities, Census Bureau Reports

March 15, 2013

People with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities, and when employed, they earn less than their colleagues without disabilities, according to the newly released U.S. Census Bureau's Community Survey.

A How to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

February 28, 2013

This U.S. News and World Report article provides resources and tips for jobseekers with disabilities and employers on what may be asked or revealed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the hiring and employment process.

Governors Pushed to Implement Jobs Programs for People with Disabilities

February 24, 2013

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the National Governors Association (NGA) chairman, told governors that the NGA will continue exploring ways states can work to develop programs for employing people with disabilities according to this Huffington Post...

Blogs

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

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

July 30, 2015

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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

The America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or...

Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success

May 28, 2015

What can we do? As parents, we’ve learned there are no guarantees and no magic solutions that work for everyone.

In the Know: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

May 21, 2015

May is Mental Health Month, an annual oberservance to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental health and individuals living with mental ill

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. This blog post features edited excerpts...

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

In the Know: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

February 12, 2015

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: Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability

December 12, 2014

Whether it employs thousands or just a few, an organization's workforce is its most valuable asset. So when unexpected injury or disability prevents an experienced, valued employee from working temporarily, employers may face difficult choices.

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website
Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitment...

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief
U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance...

Webinars

NAWB Workshop: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

This session from the NAWB Conference provided attendees with tools and strategies related to performance reporting requirements under WIOA, with a focus on promoting positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

NAWDP Webinar: Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities

September 16, 2014

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act places a greater emphasis on serving all job seekers – regardless of ability.

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.

Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

September 24, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about best practices in Section 188 implementation and compliance.

Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System

April 23, 2014

There are new challenges and opportunities for federal contractors as a result of requirements of the Section 503 final rule.

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.

Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities & other Barriers to Employment

May 21, 2020

During COVID-19, many American Job Centers and core workforce system partners have shifted to virtual services. COVID-19 has highlighted new accommodation needs for people with disabilities and the workforce staff who support them.

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.

Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA

June 24, 2015

View this webinar to learn more about cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities.

Understanding WIOA Disability-Related Reporting: Tools for Data Visualization

September 17, 2020

Access to quality data makes good policy possible and workforce services accessible for everyone.

LEAD On! Articles

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.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

LEAD Partner: Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center has been working in partnership with the Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center (AJC) in Tennessee for the past two years.

News

LEAD Center Featured in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast on Employment & Workforce for People with Disabilities

May 31, 2013

LEAD Center, ODEP and DOL highlighted in a recent podcast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta featuring Michael Morris, LEAD Center policy team co-lead.

Theme Announced for 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

May 28, 2013

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

LEAD Center Public Policy Team Co-Lead Michael Morris Pens Blog Post on Workforce Development System Myths

May 24, 2013

Michael Morris, LEAD Center Public Policy Team co-lead, recently contributed a blog post to the ODEP Employment First ePolicyWorks space on Workforce Development System Myths.

LEAD Center Presents on Workplace Flexibility at NAWDP Conference

May 23, 2013

On May 21st, Barbara Wleklinski, LEAD Center Subject Matter Expert, and Elizabeth Jennings, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, led a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the Annual National Assiociation of Workforce...

Free Public Online Dialogue May 13-27 to Discuss Transition from School to Work of Youth with Disabilities

May 15, 2013

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities.

DiversityInc Announces Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Nine of the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities are members of USBLN®, a LEAD Center partner.

NAWDP Survey Reveals Desire for Training on Job Accommodation, Workplace Flexibility and Working with People with Hidden Disabilities

March 26, 2013

Learn more about a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a LEAD Center national partner, and what it revealed about training opportunities and possible barriers to employment for...

Workers with Disabilities Experience Lower Employment Rates and Lower Pay than Workers without Disabilities, Census Bureau Reports

March 15, 2013

People with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities, and when employed, they earn less than their colleagues without disabilities, according to the newly released U.S. Census Bureau's Community Survey.

A How to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

February 28, 2013

This U.S. News and World Report article provides resources and tips for jobseekers with disabilities and employers on what may be asked or revealed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the hiring and employment process.

Governors Pushed to Implement Jobs Programs for People with Disabilities

February 24, 2013

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the National Governors Association (NGA) chairman, told governors that the NGA will continue exploring ways states can work to develop programs for employing people with disabilities according to this Huffington Post...

Blogs

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

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

July 30, 2015

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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

The America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or...

Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success

May 28, 2015

What can we do? As parents, we’ve learned there are no guarantees and no magic solutions that work for everyone.

In the Know: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

May 21, 2015

May is Mental Health Month, an annual oberservance to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental health and individuals living with mental ill

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. This blog post features edited excerpts...

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

In the Know: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

February 12, 2015

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: Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability

December 12, 2014

Whether it employs thousands or just a few, an organization's workforce is its most valuable asset. So when unexpected injury or disability prevents an experienced, valued employee from working temporarily, employers may face difficult choices.

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website
Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitment...

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief
U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance...

Webinars

NAWB Workshop: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

This session from the NAWB Conference provided attendees with tools and strategies related to performance reporting requirements under WIOA, with a focus on promoting positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

NAWDP Webinar: Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities

September 16, 2014

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act places a greater emphasis on serving all job seekers – regardless of ability.

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.

Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

September 24, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about best practices in Section 188 implementation and compliance.

Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System

April 23, 2014

There are new challenges and opportunities for federal contractors as a result of requirements of the Section 503 final rule.

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.

Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities & other Barriers to Employment

May 21, 2020

During COVID-19, many American Job Centers and core workforce system partners have shifted to virtual services. COVID-19 has highlighted new accommodation needs for people with disabilities and the workforce staff who support them.

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.

Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA

June 24, 2015

View this webinar to learn more about cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities.

Understanding WIOA Disability-Related Reporting: Tools for Data Visualization

September 17, 2020

Access to quality data makes good policy possible and workforce services accessible for everyone.

LEAD On! Articles

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.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

LEAD Partner: Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center has been working in partnership with the Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center (AJC) in Tennessee for the past two years.

News

LEAD Center Featured in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast on Employment & Workforce for People with Disabilities

May 31, 2013

LEAD Center, ODEP and DOL highlighted in a recent podcast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta featuring Michael Morris, LEAD Center policy team co-lead.

Theme Announced for 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

May 28, 2013

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

LEAD Center Public Policy Team Co-Lead Michael Morris Pens Blog Post on Workforce Development System Myths

May 24, 2013

Michael Morris, LEAD Center Public Policy Team co-lead, recently contributed a blog post to the ODEP Employment First ePolicyWorks space on Workforce Development System Myths.

LEAD Center Presents on Workplace Flexibility at NAWDP Conference

May 23, 2013

On May 21st, Barbara Wleklinski, LEAD Center Subject Matter Expert, and Elizabeth Jennings, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, led a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the Annual National Assiociation of Workforce...

Free Public Online Dialogue May 13-27 to Discuss Transition from School to Work of Youth with Disabilities

May 15, 2013

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities.

DiversityInc Announces Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Nine of the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities are members of USBLN®, a LEAD Center partner.

NAWDP Survey Reveals Desire for Training on Job Accommodation, Workplace Flexibility and Working with People with Hidden Disabilities

March 26, 2013

Learn more about a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a LEAD Center national partner, and what it revealed about training opportunities and possible barriers to employment for...

Workers with Disabilities Experience Lower Employment Rates and Lower Pay than Workers without Disabilities, Census Bureau Reports

March 15, 2013

People with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities, and when employed, they earn less than their colleagues without disabilities, according to the newly released U.S. Census Bureau's Community Survey.

A How to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

February 28, 2013

This U.S. News and World Report article provides resources and tips for jobseekers with disabilities and employers on what may be asked or revealed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the hiring and employment process.

Governors Pushed to Implement Jobs Programs for People with Disabilities

February 24, 2013

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the National Governors Association (NGA) chairman, told governors that the NGA will continue exploring ways states can work to develop programs for employing people with disabilities according to this Huffington Post...

Blogs

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

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

July 30, 2015

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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

The America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or...

Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success

May 28, 2015

What can we do? As parents, we’ve learned there are no guarantees and no magic solutions that work for everyone.

In the Know: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

May 21, 2015

May is Mental Health Month, an annual oberservance to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental health and individuals living with mental ill

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. This blog post features edited excerpts...

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

In the Know: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

February 12, 2015

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: Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability

December 12, 2014

Whether it employs thousands or just a few, an organization's workforce is its most valuable asset. So when unexpected injury or disability prevents an experienced, valued employee from working temporarily, employers may face difficult choices.