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About Us

The LEAD Center’s work focuses on promoting innovation in policy, employment and economic advancement to advance individual and systems level change for all people with disabilities.  The LEAD Center provides policy research and recommendations, training and technical assistance as well as demonstration projects designed to break down silos in existing systems, processes and practices, and foster wider understanding, adoption and integration of next-generation employment practices in both the public and private sector.

Led by National Disability Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the LEAD Center – known formally as the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD) – brings together a range of organizations, thought leaders and best-practice innovators to expand policy, employment, leadership and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for all people with disabilities.

Learn more about us and how we work to advance innovative employment outcomes and greater financial stability for Americans with disabilities. Explore our website and download a two-page overview of the LEAD Center.

Our Mission

To advance sustainable individual and systems-level change that results in improved, competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of disability.


Get to know the national LEAD Center staff.


Meet the LEAD Center’s national partners and knowledge transfer consortium partners.

Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium

The consortium brings together federally funded Training and Technical Assistance Centers, each with their own unique mission addressing different aspects of employment, career readiness and development, transition and accessibility for youth and adults with disabilities.

Subject Matter Experts

Meet the LEAD Center’s Subject Matter Experts.