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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
 

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

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title I 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

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

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers

August 27, 2014

Disability management and prevention is an important component in retaining talented employees and reducing turnover costs. In 2013, the LEAD Center studied a large successful U.S.

CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes

September 24, 2014

A growing number of Centers for Independent Living are providing employment services to meet the needs of their customers and to improve the employment and economic advancement outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce System: Implementing WIOA Section 188’s Equal Opportunity Provisions

January 20, 2016

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system.

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

On September 8, 2015, the United States entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the State of Oregon to vindicate the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are unnecessarily segregated in

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

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.

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.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting of the year on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

This spring, LEAD Center staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) piloted Guided Group Discovery (GGD) sessions with job seekers in Topeka, KS and Rockville, MD, and collaboratively with area American Job Centers (AJC) and vocational rehabilitation

LEAD Center Focuses on Youth in its "WIOA from a Disability Perspective" Webinar Series

June 30, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) places expanded emphasis on funding activities for youth, including in-school youth, out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support the 2015 National APSE Annual Conference

June 30, 2015

For the first time, the LEAD Center participated in the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-25, by providing two presentations on strategies to improve the employment

LEAD Center Launches Four-Part Webinar Series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Obama last July, maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market, and matches employers w

LEAD PEOPLE David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

March 31, 2015

David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability

Employment and Training Administration Releases a Training Employment Guidance Letter Concerning the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act

March 31, 2015

Consistent with the various timelines stipulated in WIOA, we can expect the release of related materials developed by various federal agencies and departments articulating how states should begin implementing the law. One such piece was recently r

FEATURED AGENCY Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) establishes several new and exciting mandates aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the American workforce.

LEAD Participates in Congressional Briefing on Disability Pay Gap

March 31, 2015

At a time when people with disabilities earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by people without disabilities, LEAD Assistant Project Director Elizabeth Jennings joined a panel of leading

White House Hosts Summit on Disability and Employment

March 31, 2015

On February 3rd, the Obama Administration hosted the "Summit on Disability and Employment.” Focused on providing businesses, advocates and the general public with information on new and existing federal resources to improve employment opportunitie

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...

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.

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

March 24, 2014

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

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

February 25, 2014

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

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

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

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

January 15, 2014

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

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title I 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

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

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers

August 27, 2014

Disability management and prevention is an important component in retaining talented employees and reducing turnover costs. In 2013, the LEAD Center studied a large successful U.S.

CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes

September 24, 2014

A growing number of Centers for Independent Living are providing employment services to meet the needs of their customers and to improve the employment and economic advancement outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce System: Implementing WIOA Section 188’s Equal Opportunity Provisions

January 20, 2016

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system.

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

On September 8, 2015, the United States entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the State of Oregon to vindicate the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are unnecessarily segregated in

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

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.

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.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting of the year on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

This spring, LEAD Center staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) piloted Guided Group Discovery (GGD) sessions with job seekers in Topeka, KS and Rockville, MD, and collaboratively with area American Job Centers (AJC) and vocational rehabilitation

LEAD Center Focuses on Youth in its "WIOA from a Disability Perspective" Webinar Series

June 30, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) places expanded emphasis on funding activities for youth, including in-school youth, out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support the 2015 National APSE Annual Conference

June 30, 2015

For the first time, the LEAD Center participated in the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-25, by providing two presentations on strategies to improve the employment

LEAD Center Launches Four-Part Webinar Series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Obama last July, maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market, and matches employers w

LEAD PEOPLE David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

March 31, 2015

David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability

Employment and Training Administration Releases a Training Employment Guidance Letter Concerning the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act

March 31, 2015

Consistent with the various timelines stipulated in WIOA, we can expect the release of related materials developed by various federal agencies and departments articulating how states should begin implementing the law. One such piece was recently r

FEATURED AGENCY Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) establishes several new and exciting mandates aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the American workforce.

LEAD Participates in Congressional Briefing on Disability Pay Gap

March 31, 2015

At a time when people with disabilities earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by people without disabilities, LEAD Assistant Project Director Elizabeth Jennings joined a panel of leading

White House Hosts Summit on Disability and Employment

March 31, 2015

On February 3rd, the Obama Administration hosted the "Summit on Disability and Employment.” Focused on providing businesses, advocates and the general public with information on new and existing federal resources to improve employment opportunitie

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...

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.

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

March 24, 2014

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

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

February 25, 2014

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

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

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

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

January 15, 2014

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

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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.

One Size Does Not Fit All: A New Look at the Labor Force Participation of People with Disabilities

September 2015 | Report/Brief
American Institutes for Research

A just-released brief from the American Institutes for Research casts new light on a perennial problem: the one-third of people with disabilities who haven’t sought work or stopped trying to find it.

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | July 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

The development of financial capability strategies are critical for sustaining financial security. This paper describes some of the replicable models that AJCs have established to provide financial capability services.

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

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

April 2015 | Report/Brief
AbilityPath

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

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

March 2015 | Report/Brief
The Hartford

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

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

February 2015 | Tool/Manual
White House Domestic Policy Council

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

Webinars

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers

August 27, 2014

Disability management and prevention is an important component in retaining talented employees and reducing turnover costs. In 2013, the LEAD Center studied a large successful U.S.

CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes

September 24, 2014

A growing number of Centers for Independent Living are providing employment services to meet the needs of their customers and to improve the employment and economic advancement outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce System: Implementing WIOA Section 188’s Equal Opportunity Provisions

January 20, 2016

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system.

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

On September 8, 2015, the United States entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the State of Oregon to vindicate the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are unnecessarily segregated in

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

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.

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.

Policy Updates

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

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions 

March 29, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportun

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

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

News

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...

Blogs

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.

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...

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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.

One Size Does Not Fit All: A New Look at the Labor Force Participation of People with Disabilities

September 2015 | Report/Brief
American Institutes for Research

A just-released brief from the American Institutes for Research casts new light on a perennial problem: the one-third of people with disabilities who haven’t sought work or stopped trying to find it.

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | July 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

The development of financial capability strategies are critical for sustaining financial security. This paper describes some of the replicable models that AJCs have established to provide financial capability services.

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

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

April 2015 | Report/Brief
AbilityPath

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

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

March 2015 | Report/Brief
The Hartford

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

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

February 2015 | Tool/Manual
White House Domestic Policy Council

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

Webinars

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers

August 27, 2014

Disability management and prevention is an important component in retaining talented employees and reducing turnover costs. In 2013, the LEAD Center studied a large successful U.S.

CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes

September 24, 2014

A growing number of Centers for Independent Living are providing employment services to meet the needs of their customers and to improve the employment and economic advancement outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce System: Implementing WIOA Section 188’s Equal Opportunity Provisions

January 20, 2016

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system.

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

On September 8, 2015, the United States entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the State of Oregon to vindicate the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are unnecessarily segregated in

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

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.

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.

Policy Updates

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

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions 

March 29, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportun

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

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

News

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...

Blogs

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.

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...

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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.

One Size Does Not Fit All: A New Look at the Labor Force Participation of People with Disabilities

September 2015 | Report/Brief
American Institutes for Research

A just-released brief from the American Institutes for Research casts new light on a perennial problem: the one-third of people with disabilities who haven’t sought work or stopped trying to find it.

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | July 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

The development of financial capability strategies are critical for sustaining financial security. This paper describes some of the replicable models that AJCs have established to provide financial capability services.

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

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | April 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

April 2015 | Report/Brief
AbilityPath

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

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

March 2015 | Report/Brief
The Hartford

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

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

February 2015 | Tool/Manual
White House Domestic Policy Council

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

Webinars

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers

August 27, 2014

Disability management and prevention is an important component in retaining talented employees and reducing turnover costs. In 2013, the LEAD Center studied a large successful U.S.

CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes

September 24, 2014

A growing number of Centers for Independent Living are providing employment services to meet the needs of their customers and to improve the employment and economic advancement outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce System: Implementing WIOA Section 188’s Equal Opportunity Provisions

January 20, 2016

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system.

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

On September 8, 2015, the United States entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the State of Oregon to vindicate the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are unnecessarily segregated in

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

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.

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.

Policy Updates

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

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions 

March 29, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportun

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

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

News

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...

Blogs

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.

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...