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LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief | State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Bud

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief | The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for p

Competitive Integrated Employment as a Civil Right for People with Disabilities

November 8, 2016

View the archive of this webinar for a discussion with presenters from the Department of Justice, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and APSE on how supporting transformation to competitive integrated employment aligns with changing laws and...

Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition

March 22, 2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization.

National Employment First Website Launch

October 1, 2015

Are you interested in learning more about what is going on in other states relevant to Employment First but don’t know how to access the information?

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

National Employment First Online Policy and Data Platform Launch

September 25, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform that will allow policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders to learn about national trends, policies and a

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

ODEP and LEAD Center Release Fourth Employment First Technical Brief

March 31, 2016

In February, ODEP and LEAD Center released an Employment First technical brief, the fourth in a four-part series, titled Fed

Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

December 15, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center are pleased to have released three Employment First Technical Briefs that

ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

December 15, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for 

Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

September 30, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1.

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 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: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief | Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief | State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Bud

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief | The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for p

Competitive Integrated Employment as a Civil Right for People with Disabilities

November 8, 2016

View the archive of this webinar for a discussion with presenters from the Department of Justice, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and APSE on how supporting transformation to competitive integrated employment aligns with changing laws and...

Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition

March 22, 2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization.

National Employment First Website Launch

October 1, 2015

Are you interested in learning more about what is going on in other states relevant to Employment First but don’t know how to access the information?

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

National Employment First Online Policy and Data Platform Launch

September 25, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform that will allow policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders to learn about national trends, policies and a

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

ODEP and LEAD Center Release Fourth Employment First Technical Brief

March 31, 2016

In February, ODEP and LEAD Center released an Employment First technical brief, the fourth in a four-part series, titled Fed

Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

December 15, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center are pleased to have released three Employment First Technical Briefs that

ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

December 15, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for 

Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

September 30, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1.

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 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: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief
State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Buddies'

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider...

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief
Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in...

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief
Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief
The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for...

Webinars

Competitive Integrated Employment as a Civil Right for People with Disabilities

November 8, 2016

View the archive of this webinar for a discussion with presenters from the Department of Justice, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and APSE on how supporting transformation to competitive integrated employment aligns with changing laws and...

Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition

March 22, 2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization.

National Employment First Website Launch

October 1, 2015

Are you interested in learning more about what is going on in other states relevant to Employment First but don’t know how to access the information?

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

Policy Updates

National Employment First Online Policy and Data Platform Launch

September 25, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform that will allow policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders to learn about national trends, policies and a

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

LEAD On! Articles

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

ODEP and LEAD Center Release Fourth Employment First Technical Brief

March 31, 2016

In February, ODEP and LEAD Center released an Employment First technical brief, the fourth in a four-part series, titled Fed

Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

December 15, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center are pleased to have released three Employment First Technical Briefs that

ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

December 15, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for 

Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

September 30, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1.

News

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

Blogs

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 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: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief
State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Buddies'

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider...

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief
Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in...

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief
Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief
The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for...

Webinars

Competitive Integrated Employment as a Civil Right for People with Disabilities

November 8, 2016

View the archive of this webinar for a discussion with presenters from the Department of Justice, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and APSE on how supporting transformation to competitive integrated employment aligns with changing laws and...

Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition

March 22, 2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization.

National Employment First Website Launch

October 1, 2015

Are you interested in learning more about what is going on in other states relevant to Employment First but don’t know how to access the information?

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

Policy Updates

National Employment First Online Policy and Data Platform Launch

September 25, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform that will allow policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders to learn about national trends, policies and a

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

LEAD On! Articles

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

ODEP and LEAD Center Release Fourth Employment First Technical Brief

March 31, 2016

In February, ODEP and LEAD Center released an Employment First technical brief, the fourth in a four-part series, titled Fed

Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

December 15, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center are pleased to have released three Employment First Technical Briefs that

ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

December 15, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for 

Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

September 30, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1.

News

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

Blogs

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 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: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission 2015 Report to the Governor and Kansas Legislature

March 2015 | Report/Brief
State of Kansas

As detailed in this report, Kansas has undertaken several initiatives regarding employment for people with disabilities. The Commission believes these initiatives are positive developments and can be a catalyst for additional changes that can create...

I'm In To Hire

Website

A movement to unify the voices of employers, employees and similar-minded individuals in support of hiring the 85 percent of people with developmental disabilities who do not have a paid community job, Best Buddies'

Provider Transformation Issue Brief: Transforming Employment Services from Sheltered Work to Competitive, Integrated Employment for all Job Seekers with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) aims to prioritize competitive integrated employment over sheltered work and to transform work centers into competitive integrated employment models as a core element of provider...

Employment First Technical Briefs

LEAD Center | December 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

These Employment First Technical Briefs are for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency.

Emerging Practices in the High Performing States Transition Model

May 2015 | Report/Brief
Partnerships in Employment

In October 2011, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities awarded grants to lead agencies in six states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Two additional states, Alaska and Tennessee, received grants in...

Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Their Communities

May 2015 | Report/Brief
Partnerships in Employment

This report highlights the latest strategies and best practices to better support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living and working in their community.   

The Art of the Possible: Aiming High in Employment First - Federal Policy Changes and Opportunities

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference.

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

December 2013 | Report/Brief
The National Governors Association

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for...

Webinars

Competitive Integrated Employment as a Civil Right for People with Disabilities

November 8, 2016

View the archive of this webinar for a discussion with presenters from the Department of Justice, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and APSE on how supporting transformation to competitive integrated employment aligns with changing laws and...

Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition

March 22, 2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization.

National Employment First Website Launch

October 1, 2015

Are you interested in learning more about what is going on in other states relevant to Employment First but don’t know how to access the information?

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

Policy Updates

National Employment First Online Policy and Data Platform Launch

September 25, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform that will allow policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders to learn about national trends, policies and a

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

LEAD On! Articles

Assisting Providers and State Systems in Implementing Employment First Practices

December 21, 2016

In November, LEAD Center posted a Provider Transformation Issue Brief, Transforming Employment Services from Shel

ODEP and LEAD Center Release Fourth Employment First Technical Brief

March 31, 2016

In February, ODEP and LEAD Center released an Employment First technical brief, the fourth in a four-part series, titled Fed

Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

December 15, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center are pleased to have released three Employment First Technical Briefs that

ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

December 15, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for 

Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

September 30, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1.

News

Launch of the National Employment First Website

October 8, 2015

The platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policymakers, researchers and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First

Letter to Governors on Employment First

July 23, 2015

On July 21, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, sent a letter to governors of every state highlighting their commitment to advancing the Employment First...

Blogs

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

I have a deep appreciation for my mom because she always had the courage to stand up for me.

In The Know: I'm In To Hire

February 19, 2016

I’m In To Hire is an initiative founded by Best Buddies International that aims to create a more inclusive workplace by promoting the business benefits of hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 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: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.