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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
 

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.

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-...

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

September 17, 2020

&  Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET

NAWB Workshop: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

This session from the NAWB Conference provided attendees with tools and strategies related to performance reporting requirements under WIOA, with a focus on promoting positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

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

June 18, 2020

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

Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities & other Barriers to Employment

May 21, 2020

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

How WIOA Can Support Workers Facing Economic Challenges

April 29, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities. 

Achieving Equal Access and Opportunity: Requirements and Promising Practices

February 27, 2019

Don’t miss this webinar on promoting Equal Opportunity and complying with the requirements of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Section 188. 

The Inclusive Career Pathways Roadmap: Navigating the Road to Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency

February 20, 2019

The road to Inclusive Career Pathways can be difficult for stakeholders and workforce professionals to navigate. The destination is achieving Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency for people with disabilities. Getting there is the tricky part.

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

December 11, 2018

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

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

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

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.

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

February 27, 2015

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

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

February 27, 2015

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

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

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

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 26, 2018

The official theme of the U.S.

Building a Roadmap that Supports the National WIOA System to Navigate Inclusive Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

Over the past several months, the LEAD Center has researched effective strategies nationwide in serving people with disabilities and reaching positive employment outcomes through Inclusive Career Pathways.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing Highlighting People with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

On May 9, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities.” The hearing, chaired by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), sought to e

LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences

June 28, 2018

LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference.

LEAD People: Yvonne Wright

June 28, 2018

Yvonne Wright serves as the Director of Workforce Engagement and Innovation for the

Resources

June 28, 2018

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator’s Guide

LEAD Partner: Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has been participating in and offering technical assistance to Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce, which was created in 2016 as recommended in the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

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

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

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
 

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.

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-...

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

September 17, 2020

&  Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET

NAWB Workshop: Using Data to DRIVE System Improvements for Individuals with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

This session from the NAWB Conference provided attendees with tools and strategies related to performance reporting requirements under WIOA, with a focus on promoting positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

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

June 18, 2020

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

Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities & other Barriers to Employment

May 21, 2020

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

How WIOA Can Support Workers Facing Economic Challenges

April 29, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities. 

Achieving Equal Access and Opportunity: Requirements and Promising Practices

February 27, 2019

Don’t miss this webinar on promoting Equal Opportunity and complying with the requirements of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Section 188. 

The Inclusive Career Pathways Roadmap: Navigating the Road to Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency

February 20, 2019

The road to Inclusive Career Pathways can be difficult for stakeholders and workforce professionals to navigate. The destination is achieving Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency for people with disabilities. Getting there is the tricky part.

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

December 11, 2018

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

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

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

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.

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

February 27, 2015

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

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

February 27, 2015

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

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

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

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 26, 2018

The official theme of the U.S.

Building a Roadmap that Supports the National WIOA System to Navigate Inclusive Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

Over the past several months, the LEAD Center has researched effective strategies nationwide in serving people with disabilities and reaching positive employment outcomes through Inclusive Career Pathways.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing Highlighting People with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

On May 9, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities.” The hearing, chaired by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), sought to e

LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences

June 28, 2018

LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference.

LEAD People: Yvonne Wright

June 28, 2018

Yvonne Wright serves as the Director of Workforce Engagement and Innovation for the

Resources

June 28, 2018

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator’s Guide

LEAD Partner: Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has been participating in and offering technical assistance to Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce, which was created in 2016 as recommended in the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

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

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

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
 

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

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...

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

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

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...

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

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Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

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...

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