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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
 

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.

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-...

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief | Mathematica

Mathematica conducted a comprehensive literature review of services and supports that facilitate employment for people with psychiatric disorders. The review focused on three subgroups: (1) long-term clients of mental health services, (2) workers at...

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

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

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

September 24, 2015

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process - Part 2 of 4-Part Series on WIOA

April 29, 2015

View this webinar to identify key components of a Plan, and explore a collaborative approach to developing the Unified State Plan to include stakeholders in the disability community.

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

February 25, 2015

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

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

September 24, 2014

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

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

September 16, 2014

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

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

August 27, 2014

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

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

April 23, 2014

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

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

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

Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget

July 31, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 13-14

July 31, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, held its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities

June 30, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessn

Senator Grassley Introduces New Bill to Incentivize Medicaid Community-Based Options

June 30, 2015

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, introduced a measure to provide financial incentives to states for increasing communitybased services for people with disabilities.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Hosts Third Virtual Meeting

May 29, 2015

On May 11 and 12, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its third meeting since first conve

Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas

April 30, 2015

In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S.

Minnesota Bill Aims to Expand Employment Services for People with Mental Illness

March 30, 2015

The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that would allow more individuals with psychiatric disabilities and behavioral health issues to access Individual Placement and Support (IPS) emp

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

March 30, 2015

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

Increasing Access and Inclusion Through Apprenticeship

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 28, 2020

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

Online WIOA Data Visualization Tool

April 1, 2020

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

Providing a National Perspective at Maryland Works

April 1, 2020

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

Updated WIOA State Profiles: DRIVE Disability Employment Activities

April 1, 2020

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

LEAD Center Releases Neurodiversity Brief

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center recently released the brief, Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Cen

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 6

September 26, 2018

As LEAD Center finishes its sixth year, we are proud of our many accomplishments.

LEAD Conference Update

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living, themed Mobilize: Resistance through Action.

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama formally signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

On July 9, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a 415 to 6 vote H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill to improve and streamline the federal workforce development system.

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

On May 21, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), announced an agreement had been reached to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, a law that had sunset in...

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

Earlier this week, LEAD Center staff visited Denver, Colo. to deliver a presentation at the 2014 National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference.

DOL Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez Pens Blog Post on Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce at DOL "Work In Progress" Blog

April 15, 2014

On April 15, U.S.. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez wrote a blog explaining why the skills and perspectives of workers with disabilities are needed to help bridge the employment gap in the health care...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractor Workers

February 12, 2014

President Obama included workers with disabilities in an executive order he signed today raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

ODEP Releases New Policy Brief on Health Care Transition and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new policy brief   recently on health care transition and employment.

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

DOL to Host Twitter Chat on New Rules for People with Disabilities & Veterans - September 13th

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

Save the Date! Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change on September 9 -11, 2013

August 30, 2013

Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities

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
 

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.

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-...

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief | Mathematica

Mathematica conducted a comprehensive literature review of services and supports that facilitate employment for people with psychiatric disorders. The review focused on three subgroups: (1) long-term clients of mental health services, (2) workers at...

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown

October 22, 2015

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

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

September 24, 2015

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process - Part 2 of 4-Part Series on WIOA

April 29, 2015

View this webinar to identify key components of a Plan, and explore a collaborative approach to developing the Unified State Plan to include stakeholders in the disability community.

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

February 25, 2015

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

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

September 24, 2014

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

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

September 16, 2014

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

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

August 27, 2014

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

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

April 23, 2014

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

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

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

Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget

July 31, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 13-14

July 31, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, held its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities

June 30, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessn

Senator Grassley Introduces New Bill to Incentivize Medicaid Community-Based Options

June 30, 2015

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, introduced a measure to provide financial incentives to states for increasing communitybased services for people with disabilities.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Hosts Third Virtual Meeting

May 29, 2015

On May 11 and 12, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its third meeting since first conve

Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas

April 30, 2015

In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S.

Minnesota Bill Aims to Expand Employment Services for People with Mental Illness

March 30, 2015

The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that would allow more individuals with psychiatric disabilities and behavioral health issues to access Individual Placement and Support (IPS) emp

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

March 30, 2015

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

Increasing Access and Inclusion Through Apprenticeship

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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

June 28, 2020

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

Online WIOA Data Visualization Tool

April 1, 2020

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

Providing a National Perspective at Maryland Works

April 1, 2020

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

Updated WIOA State Profiles: DRIVE Disability Employment Activities

April 1, 2020

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

LEAD Center Releases Neurodiversity Brief

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center recently released the brief, Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Cen

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 6

September 26, 2018

As LEAD Center finishes its sixth year, we are proud of our many accomplishments.

LEAD Conference Update

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living, themed Mobilize: Resistance through Action.

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama formally signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

On July 9, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a 415 to 6 vote H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill to improve and streamline the federal workforce development system.

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

On May 21, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), announced an agreement had been reached to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, a law that had sunset in...

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

Earlier this week, LEAD Center staff visited Denver, Colo. to deliver a presentation at the 2014 National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference.

DOL Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez Pens Blog Post on Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce at DOL "Work In Progress" Blog

April 15, 2014

On April 15, U.S.. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez wrote a blog explaining why the skills and perspectives of workers with disabilities are needed to help bridge the employment gap in the health care...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractor Workers

February 12, 2014

President Obama included workers with disabilities in an executive order he signed today raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

ODEP Releases New Policy Brief on Health Care Transition and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new policy brief   recently on health care transition and employment.

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

DOL to Host Twitter Chat on New Rules for People with Disabilities & Veterans - September 13th

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

Save the Date! Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change on September 9 -11, 2013

August 30, 2013

Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities

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
 

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Op

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website
Partnership for Public Service

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

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

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

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

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

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

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

Veterans.gov

Website

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

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

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

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

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration

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

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

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

LEAD On! Articles

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...

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

September 30, 2015

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities,

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals'

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

June 30, 2015

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

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

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

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Op

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website
Partnership for Public Service

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

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

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

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

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

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

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

Veterans.gov

Website

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

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

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

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

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration

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

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

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

LEAD On! Articles

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...

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

September 30, 2015

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities,

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals'

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

June 30, 2015

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

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

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

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Op

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website
Partnership for Public Service

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

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

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

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

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

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

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

Veterans.gov

Website

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

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

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

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

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration

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

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

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

LEAD On! Articles

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...

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

September 30, 2015

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities,

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals'

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

June 30, 2015

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

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

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