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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
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

West Virginia University funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and...

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Return-to-Work Programs

March 2013 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

This informative article outlines how Return-to Work (RTW) programs can be a win-win for both the employer and the employee.

Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

March 2013 | Report/Brief

U.S. Census Bureau, March 2013 - The Disability Employment Tabulation, sponsored by ODEP and the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs, presents in-depth labor force characteristics of individuals with disabilities, with greater details on...

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

March 2013 | Report/Brief

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), March 2013. This issue brief summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain...

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

February 2013 | Report/Brief

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

America's Heroes at Work

Website

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

Employer Resource Guide for Hiring and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

September 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) September 2012

The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce

May 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, May 2012. This report examines challenges faces by older works, how the U.S. public workforce system serves older workers.

The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This report examines how the population of job seekers with and without disabilities served through One-Stop Career Center (now known as American’s Job Centers or AJCs) changed during the recession.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

April 2011 | Report/Brief

While some businesses are apprehensive to employ people with disabilities, this publication provides a contrast, highlighting businesses and multi-billion corporations utilizing strategies to create a more inclusive workforce.

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

April 30, 2018

WEBINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

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

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

April 4, 2018

This webinar was originally scheduled for March 21, 2018 but was rescheduled to April 4, 2018.

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

March 7, 2018

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

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.

Advancing Disability Employment in Your State: Resources and Information

October 18, 2017

Are you interested in national and state-level disability employment statistics, policy and initiatives?

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

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.

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.

California Agrees to Transform Employment Services for People with Disabilities - Many Paid Through Medicaid

February 27, 2015

Three California agencies and the state protection and advocacy system have announced a new collaboration on a six-month blueprint to encourage competitive integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Delaware Plan for Supporting People with Mental Health, Substance use Disorders in Finding Employment

February 27, 2015

During remarks on his policy agenda for 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell has announced a statewide plan for Delawareans to thrive amidst a changing economy that strengthens statefunded education and employment initiatives.

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health released a new guide on employer compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

On January 22, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) held a congressional briefing session on the earnings disparity between workers with disabilities and nondisabled workers.

Delaware 1915(I) Plan Starting January 2015 Will Focus on Employment Supports for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

Delaware’s Pathways to Employment program, which will provide a variety of employment services to people with targeted disabilities, came into effect on January 1, 20

Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act Introduced (H.R. 188)

January 30, 2015

This month, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi introduced H.R. 188, the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2015. Representative Harper introduced an identical bill in 2013 that gained 97 co-sponsors before dying.

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

The Department of Labor has named the members of its new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

‘Hire More Heroes’ Offers Veterans Boost for Small Business Jobs

January 30, 2015

In early January, House Republicans announced the re-introduction of the Hire More Heroes Act, which would incentivize small businesses to hire military retirees, reservists and veterans with disabilities.

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings

June 29, 2017

This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings.

New Resources for States in Assessing Implementation Progress on Employment First Systems Transformation and Most Integrated Employment Settings

June 29, 2017

If you haven’t recently visited the Employment First website, you may have missed three important new resources; this user-friendly website offers comprehensive information on state policies, pu

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

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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

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

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

May 28, 2015

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

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

May 21, 2015

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

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

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

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

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

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

February 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

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

December 12, 2014

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

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.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

West Virginia University funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and...

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Return-to-Work Programs

March 2013 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

This informative article outlines how Return-to Work (RTW) programs can be a win-win for both the employer and the employee.

Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

March 2013 | Report/Brief

U.S. Census Bureau, March 2013 - The Disability Employment Tabulation, sponsored by ODEP and the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs, presents in-depth labor force characteristics of individuals with disabilities, with greater details on...

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

March 2013 | Report/Brief

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), March 2013. This issue brief summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain...

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

February 2013 | Report/Brief

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

America's Heroes at Work

Website

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

Employer Resource Guide for Hiring and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

September 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) September 2012

The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce

May 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, May 2012. This report examines challenges faces by older works, how the U.S. public workforce system serves older workers.

The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This report examines how the population of job seekers with and without disabilities served through One-Stop Career Center (now known as American’s Job Centers or AJCs) changed during the recession.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

April 2011 | Report/Brief

While some businesses are apprehensive to employ people with disabilities, this publication provides a contrast, highlighting businesses and multi-billion corporations utilizing strategies to create a more inclusive workforce.

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

April 30, 2018

WEBINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

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

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

April 4, 2018

This webinar was originally scheduled for March 21, 2018 but was rescheduled to April 4, 2018.

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

March 7, 2018

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

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.

Advancing Disability Employment in Your State: Resources and Information

October 18, 2017

Are you interested in national and state-level disability employment statistics, policy and initiatives?

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

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.

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.

California Agrees to Transform Employment Services for People with Disabilities - Many Paid Through Medicaid

February 27, 2015

Three California agencies and the state protection and advocacy system have announced a new collaboration on a six-month blueprint to encourage competitive integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Delaware Plan for Supporting People with Mental Health, Substance use Disorders in Finding Employment

February 27, 2015

During remarks on his policy agenda for 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell has announced a statewide plan for Delawareans to thrive amidst a changing economy that strengthens statefunded education and employment initiatives.

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health released a new guide on employer compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

On January 22, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) held a congressional briefing session on the earnings disparity between workers with disabilities and nondisabled workers.

Delaware 1915(I) Plan Starting January 2015 Will Focus on Employment Supports for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

Delaware’s Pathways to Employment program, which will provide a variety of employment services to people with targeted disabilities, came into effect on January 1, 20

Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act Introduced (H.R. 188)

January 30, 2015

This month, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi introduced H.R. 188, the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2015. Representative Harper introduced an identical bill in 2013 that gained 97 co-sponsors before dying.

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

The Department of Labor has named the members of its new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

‘Hire More Heroes’ Offers Veterans Boost for Small Business Jobs

January 30, 2015

In early January, House Republicans announced the re-introduction of the Hire More Heroes Act, which would incentivize small businesses to hire military retirees, reservists and veterans with disabilities.

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings

June 29, 2017

This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings.

New Resources for States in Assessing Implementation Progress on Employment First Systems Transformation and Most Integrated Employment Settings

June 29, 2017

If you haven’t recently visited the Employment First website, you may have missed three important new resources; this user-friendly website offers comprehensive information on state policies, pu

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

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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

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

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

May 28, 2015

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

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

May 21, 2015

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

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

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

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

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

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

February 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

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

December 12, 2014

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

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.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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.

Do Ask, Do Tell

June 2015 | Report/Brief
The Conference Board

This research investigates what companies are doing to build a disability-inclusive culture and encourage employees with disabilities to voluntarily self-identify, as many organizations with government contracts are now required to do under recent...

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

LEAD Center | May 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

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

An Uneven Playing Field: The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

December 2014 | Report/Brief
American Institutes for Research

Despite educational attainment, earning inequalities exist between workers with disabilities and those that are not disabled in full-time employment by educational level. This report focuses on the differences between the groups and the factors that...

StateData: Data on Employment & People with Disabilities

Website
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

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.

Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities

September 2014 | Report/Brief
National Organization on Disability

Often, there is a disconnect on college campuses between career services offices a

A Comprehensive Approach To Transition

May 2014 | Tool/Manual
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced this paper because they want to help people to work together to support the self- determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. Self-...

LEAD On! Articles

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

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

December 21, 2014

Successful companies work to maintain the productivity and health of their workforce, which includes providing accommodations for older workers and people with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support Be the Future TASH Conference

December 21, 2014

For nearly 40 years, LEAD Center’s partner, TASH, has provided annual TASH Conferences to “impact the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability

New Resource on WIOA from a Disability Perspective

December 21, 2014

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128).

WIOA Offers Expanded Opportunities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

September 30, 2014

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

KT Consortium Meets on Promotion of Section 503

September 30, 2014

The Section 503 final regulations offer new opportunities for federally funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources.

LEAD Center Shares Workforce Flexibility and Return to Work Strategies

September 30, 2014

LEAD Center Project Director Rebecca Salon and Project Coordinator Brittany Taylor presented on the SEDL Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research’s (KTER Center) 2nd Annual State of the Science Virtual Conference on September 17th. 

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts

September 30, 2014

In recognition of the landmark Olmstead v.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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.

Do Ask, Do Tell

June 2015 | Report/Brief
The Conference Board

This research investigates what companies are doing to build a disability-inclusive culture and encourage employees with disabilities to voluntarily self-identify, as many organizations with government contracts are now required to do under recent...

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

LEAD Center | May 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

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

An Uneven Playing Field: The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

December 2014 | Report/Brief
American Institutes for Research

Despite educational attainment, earning inequalities exist between workers with disabilities and those that are not disabled in full-time employment by educational level. This report focuses on the differences between the groups and the factors that...

StateData: Data on Employment & People with Disabilities

Website
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

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.

Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities

September 2014 | Report/Brief
National Organization on Disability

Often, there is a disconnect on college campuses between career services offices a

A Comprehensive Approach To Transition

May 2014 | Tool/Manual
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced this paper because they want to help people to work together to support the self- determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. Self-...

LEAD On! Articles

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

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

December 21, 2014

Successful companies work to maintain the productivity and health of their workforce, which includes providing accommodations for older workers and people with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support Be the Future TASH Conference

December 21, 2014

For nearly 40 years, LEAD Center’s partner, TASH, has provided annual TASH Conferences to “impact the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability

New Resource on WIOA from a Disability Perspective

December 21, 2014

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128).

WIOA Offers Expanded Opportunities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

September 30, 2014

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

KT Consortium Meets on Promotion of Section 503

September 30, 2014

The Section 503 final regulations offer new opportunities for federally funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources.

LEAD Center Shares Workforce Flexibility and Return to Work Strategies

September 30, 2014

LEAD Center Project Director Rebecca Salon and Project Coordinator Brittany Taylor presented on the SEDL Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research’s (KTER Center) 2nd Annual State of the Science Virtual Conference on September 17th. 

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts

September 30, 2014

In recognition of the landmark Olmstead v.

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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.

Do Ask, Do Tell

June 2015 | Report/Brief
The Conference Board

This research investigates what companies are doing to build a disability-inclusive culture and encourage employees with disabilities to voluntarily self-identify, as many organizations with government contracts are now required to do under recent...

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

LEAD Center | May 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

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

An Uneven Playing Field: The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

December 2014 | Report/Brief
American Institutes for Research

Despite educational attainment, earning inequalities exist between workers with disabilities and those that are not disabled in full-time employment by educational level. This report focuses on the differences between the groups and the factors that...

StateData: Data on Employment & People with Disabilities

Website
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

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.

Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities

September 2014 | Report/Brief
National Organization on Disability

Often, there is a disconnect on college campuses between career services offices a

A Comprehensive Approach To Transition

May 2014 | Tool/Manual
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced this paper because they want to help people to work together to support the self- determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. Self-...

LEAD On! Articles

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

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

December 21, 2014

Successful companies work to maintain the productivity and health of their workforce, which includes providing accommodations for older workers and people with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support Be the Future TASH Conference

December 21, 2014

For nearly 40 years, LEAD Center’s partner, TASH, has provided annual TASH Conferences to “impact the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability

New Resource on WIOA from a Disability Perspective

December 21, 2014

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128).

WIOA Offers Expanded Opportunities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

September 30, 2014

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

KT Consortium Meets on Promotion of Section 503

September 30, 2014

The Section 503 final regulations offer new opportunities for federally funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources.

LEAD Center Shares Workforce Flexibility and Return to Work Strategies

September 30, 2014

LEAD Center Project Director Rebecca Salon and Project Coordinator Brittany Taylor presented on the SEDL Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research’s (KTER Center) 2nd Annual State of the Science Virtual Conference on September 17th. 

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts

September 30, 2014

In recognition of the landmark Olmstead v.