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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
 

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

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

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

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

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.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief | United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

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

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief | Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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

December 11, 2018

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

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

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

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

October 9, 2018

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

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

August 2, 2018

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

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

April 30, 2018

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

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

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

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

April 4, 2018

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

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

March 7, 2018

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

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?

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

COVID-19 Resources from our Knowledge Translation Consortium Partners

December 22, 2020

In September, the LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Consortium met virtually to discuss how National Training and Technical Assistance Centers are providing tec

LEAD Center 2020 Top Activities

December 22, 2020

The LEAD Center brings together Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners at the national, state, and local level to expand policy, employment, leadership, and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for all people with disa

LEAD Webinar: Registered Apprenticeship: Job Seekers with Disabilities Please Apply!

December 22, 2020

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway.

On The Horizon

December 22, 2020

Financial Toolkit Based on Work Lifecycle:

Virginia Equal Opportunity Pilot – COVID-19 Related Learnings

December 22, 2020

The LEAD Center works in partnership with DOL’s Civil Rights Center and Office of Disability Employment Policy on equal opportunity and nondiscrimination projects.

Increasing Access and Inclusion Through Apprenticeship

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 28, 2020

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

Online WIOA Data Visualization Tool

April 1, 2020

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

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

February 21, 2013

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

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

January 30, 2013

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

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

September 27, 2012

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

My Greatest Regret is Never Having Worn the Uniform

November 11, 2014

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

Bring Your Whole Self...To the Job Search

October 29, 2014

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

Advancing the Ideals of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

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

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

October 14, 2014

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

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

September 15, 2014

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

In the Know: Poverty and Opportunity Profile - Disability

August 14, 2014

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

In the Know: American Job Center

July 10, 2014

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

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

June 19, 2014

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

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

May 21, 2014

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

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

April 8, 2014

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

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief | Job Accommodation Network

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

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

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

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

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.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief | United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

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

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief | Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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

December 11, 2018

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

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

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

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

October 9, 2018

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

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

August 2, 2018

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

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

April 30, 2018

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

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

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

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

April 4, 2018

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

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

March 7, 2018

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

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?

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

COVID-19 Resources from our Knowledge Translation Consortium Partners

December 22, 2020

In September, the LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Consortium met virtually to discuss how National Training and Technical Assistance Centers are providing tec

LEAD Center 2020 Top Activities

December 22, 2020

The LEAD Center brings together Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners at the national, state, and local level to expand policy, employment, leadership, and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for all people with disa

LEAD Webinar: Registered Apprenticeship: Job Seekers with Disabilities Please Apply!

December 22, 2020

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway.

On The Horizon

December 22, 2020

Financial Toolkit Based on Work Lifecycle:

Virginia Equal Opportunity Pilot – COVID-19 Related Learnings

December 22, 2020

The LEAD Center works in partnership with DOL’s Civil Rights Center and Office of Disability Employment Policy on equal opportunity and nondiscrimination projects.

Increasing Access and Inclusion Through Apprenticeship

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 28, 2020

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

Online WIOA Data Visualization Tool

April 1, 2020

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

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

February 21, 2013

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

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

January 30, 2013

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

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

September 27, 2012

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

My Greatest Regret is Never Having Worn the Uniform

November 11, 2014

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

Bring Your Whole Self...To the Job Search

October 29, 2014

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

Advancing the Ideals of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

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

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

October 14, 2014

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

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

September 15, 2014

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

In the Know: Poverty and Opportunity Profile - Disability

August 14, 2014

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

In the Know: American Job Center

July 10, 2014

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

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

June 19, 2014

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

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

May 21, 2014

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

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

April 8, 2014

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

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

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

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

LEAD On! Articles

AbilityOne Releases Statement on Subminimum Wage

March 31, 2016

On March 18, 2016, the U.S.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 31, 2016

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

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

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

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

December 15, 2015

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

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

December 15, 2015

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

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

December 15, 2015

Danielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

December 15, 2015

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

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The official theme of the U.S.

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

September 30, 2015

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

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

September 30, 2015

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

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

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

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

LEAD On! Articles

AbilityOne Releases Statement on Subminimum Wage

March 31, 2016

On March 18, 2016, the U.S.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 31, 2016

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

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

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

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

December 15, 2015

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

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

December 15, 2015

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

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

December 15, 2015

Danielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

December 15, 2015

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

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The official theme of the U.S.

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

September 30, 2015

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

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

September 30, 2015

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

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Job Accommodation Network

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

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

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

LEAD On! Articles

AbilityOne Releases Statement on Subminimum Wage

March 31, 2016

On March 18, 2016, the U.S.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 31, 2016

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

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

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

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

December 15, 2015

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

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

December 15, 2015

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

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

December 15, 2015

Danielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

December 15, 2015

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

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The official theme of the U.S.

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

September 30, 2015

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

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

September 30, 2015

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