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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
 

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

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

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development sy

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief | EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website | Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website | Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video | Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizat

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

October 2015 | Report/Brief | U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13548 on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). E.O.

Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide

LEAD Center | September 2015 | Tool/Manual | United States Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed this Reference Guide to assist AJCs by providing promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and the current Section 188 regulations.

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

September 2015 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network

What is the bottom line? Workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact, and JAN can help employers make them, free of charge.

Two-Part Webinar Series: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

September 24, 2020

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

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. Join us as the Workforce Data Quality Initiative and the LEAD Center showcase leading practices in WIOA disability-related reporting.

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.

Equal Opportunity and Accessibility for WIOA Partners during COVID-19 and Beyond

June 18, 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.

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.

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.

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

New Mathematica Policy Article on Long-Term Work Activity and Use of Employment Supports for Supplemental Security Income Recipients

March 30, 2015

Professional staff from the Mathematica Policy Research’s Center for Studying Disability Policy has published a new article in the Social Security Bulletin explor

Increasing Access and Inclusion Through Apprenticeship

June 29, 2020

Apprenticeship programs are a proven solution for employers seeking to recruit and hire qualified workers. They’re also a promising career pathway for individuals from many diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities.

Webinar Series: Financial Literacy and Resilience in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 public health crisis presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for many individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Webinar: Equal Opportunity and Accessibility for WIOA Partners during COVID-19 and Beyond

June 29, 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.

Webinar: Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities and Other Barriers to Employment

June 28, 2020

A number of strategies help workforce professionals better serve people who experience barriers to employment, including disability.

Online WIOA Data Visualization Tool

April 1, 2020

There are 10 disability-related reporting elements required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). How comprehensive is your reporting?

Providing a National Perspective at Maryland Works

April 1, 2020

On November 14, 2019, Dr. Rebecca Salon, LEAD Center Co-Project Director, presented at the Maryland Works Seminar on the State of the State: Employment of People with Disabilities. Dr.

Updated WIOA State Profiles: DRIVE Disability Employment Activities

April 1, 2020

The Data and Resources to Inspire a Vision of Employment (DRIVE) website provides “one-stop-shop” access to disability employment statistics at the national and state level, and access to state disability employment policies.

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.

U.S. Department of Justice Releases Further Clarification on How the ADA and Olmstead Apply to Employment Services and Settings

November 4, 2016

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Justice released guidance on how the Integration Mandate of Title II of the ADA and the Olmstead decision are to be applied to state and local governments’ employment service systems.

New from the LEAD Center: Summary Review of the Final Rules Implementing Titles I and IV of WIOA, from a Disability Perspective

July 8, 2016

The LEAD Center is pleased to make available to you two policy briefs to provide a summary description from a disability perspective on the Final Rules implementing Title I and Title IV of WIOA.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 23, 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

LEAD and DEI Partner to Discuss WIOA Section 188 Best Practices

March 9, 2016

The LEAD Center and Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) held a Peer Exchange to review and discuss Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

May 18, 2015

Earlier this month, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ (NAWDP) 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WIOA NPRMS Now Available

April 3, 2015

On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ODEP and LEAD Center’s Latest Report Highlights Employee Retention and Return-to-Work Best Practices

December 1, 2014

In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center released the report, “Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2014

This month, numerous organizations, agencies and individuals all across the country are joining together to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Advisory Committee to Increase Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Announced by US Labor Department

September 22, 2014

Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee due by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

U.S. DOL ETA to Host WIOA Stakeholder Consultation Webinars for Services to Individuals with Disabilities on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2

August 22, 2014

ETA is inviting state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customer and other stakeholders to participate in upcoming webinars to provide input on the implementation of the recently passed Workforce Innovation...

In The Know: Do Ask, Do Tell

April 29, 2016

How can companies encourage employees with disabilities to self-identify? And why is this important?

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

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. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

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

December 17, 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: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 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.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

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

October 15, 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: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 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.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

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

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development sy

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief | EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website | Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website | Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video | Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizat

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

October 2015 | Report/Brief | U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13548 on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). E.O.

Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide

LEAD Center | September 2015 | Tool/Manual | United States Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed this Reference Guide to assist AJCs by providing promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and the current Section 188 regulations.

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

September 2015 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network

What is the bottom line? Workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact, and JAN can help employers make them, free of charge.

Two-Part Webinar Series: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

September 24, 2020

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

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. Join us as the Workforce Data Quality Initiative and the LEAD Center showcase leading practices in WIOA disability-related reporting.

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.

Equal Opportunity and Accessibility for WIOA Partners during COVID-19 and Beyond

June 18, 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.

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.

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.

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

New Mathematica Policy Article on Long-Term Work Activity and Use of Employment Supports for Supplemental Security Income Recipients

March 30, 2015

Professional staff from the Mathematica Policy Research’s Center for Studying Disability Policy has published a new article in the Social Security Bulletin explor

Increasing Access and Inclusion Through Apprenticeship

June 29, 2020

Apprenticeship programs are a proven solution for employers seeking to recruit and hire qualified workers. They’re also a promising career pathway for individuals from many diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities.

Webinar Series: Financial Literacy and Resilience in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 public health crisis presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for many individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Webinar: Equal Opportunity and Accessibility for WIOA Partners during COVID-19 and Beyond

June 29, 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.

Webinar: Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities and Other Barriers to Employment

June 28, 2020

A number of strategies help workforce professionals better serve people who experience barriers to employment, including disability.

Online WIOA Data Visualization Tool

April 1, 2020

There are 10 disability-related reporting elements required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). How comprehensive is your reporting?

Providing a National Perspective at Maryland Works

April 1, 2020

On November 14, 2019, Dr. Rebecca Salon, LEAD Center Co-Project Director, presented at the Maryland Works Seminar on the State of the State: Employment of People with Disabilities. Dr.

Updated WIOA State Profiles: DRIVE Disability Employment Activities

April 1, 2020

The Data and Resources to Inspire a Vision of Employment (DRIVE) website provides “one-stop-shop” access to disability employment statistics at the national and state level, and access to state disability employment policies.

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.

U.S. Department of Justice Releases Further Clarification on How the ADA and Olmstead Apply to Employment Services and Settings

November 4, 2016

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Justice released guidance on how the Integration Mandate of Title II of the ADA and the Olmstead decision are to be applied to state and local governments’ employment service systems.

New from the LEAD Center: Summary Review of the Final Rules Implementing Titles I and IV of WIOA, from a Disability Perspective

July 8, 2016

The LEAD Center is pleased to make available to you two policy briefs to provide a summary description from a disability perspective on the Final Rules implementing Title I and Title IV of WIOA.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 23, 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

LEAD and DEI Partner to Discuss WIOA Section 188 Best Practices

March 9, 2016

The LEAD Center and Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) held a Peer Exchange to review and discuss Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

May 18, 2015

Earlier this month, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ (NAWDP) 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WIOA NPRMS Now Available

April 3, 2015

On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ODEP and LEAD Center’s Latest Report Highlights Employee Retention and Return-to-Work Best Practices

December 1, 2014

In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center released the report, “Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2014

This month, numerous organizations, agencies and individuals all across the country are joining together to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Advisory Committee to Increase Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Announced by US Labor Department

September 22, 2014

Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee due by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

U.S. DOL ETA to Host WIOA Stakeholder Consultation Webinars for Services to Individuals with Disabilities on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2

August 22, 2014

ETA is inviting state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customer and other stakeholders to participate in upcoming webinars to provide input on the implementation of the recently passed Workforce Innovation...

In The Know: Do Ask, Do Tell

April 29, 2016

How can companies encourage employees with disabilities to self-identify? And why is this important?

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

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. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

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

December 17, 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: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 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.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

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

October 15, 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: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 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.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief
EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website
Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request...

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video
Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizations that

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

October 2015 | Report/Brief
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13548 on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). E.O.

Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide

LEAD Center | September 2015 | Tool/Manual
United States Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed this Reference Guide to assist AJCs by providing promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and the current Section 188 regulations.

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

September 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

What is the bottom line? Workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact, and JAN can help employers make them, free of charge.

Webinars

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4

February 25, 2015

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."

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

February 21, 2018

Mark your calendars and register today for this important webinar – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.

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LEAD On! Articles

Missouri Workforce Development to Launch New Assessment on Impact of Statewide Section 188 Training

December 21, 2016

By January 2017, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development staff and management will have participated in a new statewide training series highlighting disability under the Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Wo

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

LEAD Center Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System

June 30, 2016

In recognition of Financial Capability Month in April, a LEAD Center webinar, Financial Literacy and the W

LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies

June 30, 2016

Originally founded during the Great Depression, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) brings together state administrators of the publicly-funded workforce system.

News

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.

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Blogs

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
 

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief
EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website
Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request...

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video
Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizations that

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

October 2015 | Report/Brief
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13548 on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). E.O.

Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide

LEAD Center | September 2015 | Tool/Manual
United States Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed this Reference Guide to assist AJCs by providing promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and the current Section 188 regulations.

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

September 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

What is the bottom line? Workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact, and JAN can help employers make them, free of charge.

Webinars

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4

February 25, 2015

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."

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

February 21, 2018

Mark your calendars and register today for this important webinar – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.

  •  

LEAD On! Articles

Missouri Workforce Development to Launch New Assessment on Impact of Statewide Section 188 Training

December 21, 2016

By January 2017, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development staff and management will have participated in a new statewide training series highlighting disability under the Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Wo

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

LEAD Center Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System

June 30, 2016

In recognition of Financial Capability Month in April, a LEAD Center webinar, Financial Literacy and the W

LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies

June 30, 2016

Originally founded during the Great Depression, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) brings together state administrators of the publicly-funded workforce system.

News

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.

  •  

Blogs

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 - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief
EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website
Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request...

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video
Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizations that

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

October 2015 | Report/Brief
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13548 on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). E.O.

Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide

LEAD Center | September 2015 | Tool/Manual
United States Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed this Reference Guide to assist AJCs by providing promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and the current Section 188 regulations.

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

September 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

What is the bottom line? Workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact, and JAN can help employers make them, free of charge.

Webinars

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4

February 25, 2015

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."

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

February 21, 2018

Mark your calendars and register today for this important webinar – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.

  •  

LEAD On! Articles

Missouri Workforce Development to Launch New Assessment on Impact of Statewide Section 188 Training

December 21, 2016

By January 2017, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development staff and management will have participated in a new statewide training series highlighting disability under the Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Wo

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

LEAD Center Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System

June 30, 2016

In recognition of Financial Capability Month in April, a LEAD Center webinar, Financial Literacy and the W

LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies

June 30, 2016

Originally founded during the Great Depression, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) brings together state administrators of the publicly-funded workforce system.

News

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.

  •  

Blogs

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.