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Cross-System Collaboration

The LEAD Center fosters cross-system collaboration by partnering with federal agency leaders, state and local agency policymakers, and practitioners and subject matter experts to build a progressive vision to improve the employment outcomes and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities. No single organization or resource is able to respond effectively to the diverse needs of each individual with a disability, and others who face multiple barriers to employment. The LEAD Center facilitates and highlights promising practices in resource coordination across systems by proactively engaging with agencies and organizations to spur systems change that translates into significant improvements in the employment and economic advancement of individuals with disabilities.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

September 2013 | Report/Brief | Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Working for Adults: State Policies and Community College Practices to Better Serve Adult Learners at Community Colleges During the Great Recession and Beyond

June 2013 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2013. This report examines how community colleges serve adults, identifies lessons from research on state policies and college practices to support adults and community colleges

Community College Practices that Serve Older Dislocated Workers

April 2013 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, April 2013. This brief examines strategies being used at five community colleges serving high numbers of dislocated workers and how the outlined practices meet the needs of older workers, some of whom may be aging with or...

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief | National Council on Disability

NCD commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program beneficiaries with disabilities.

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

June 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2012 - 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.

Impact of Federal Policies on an Aging Workforce with Disabilities

March 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, March 2012. This report examines the potential impact of federal policy on work incentives for adults with disabilities in their sixties an late fifties.

Innovative Collaborations Between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Urgent Local Workforce Needs

February 2012 | Report/Brief

Government Accountability Office, February 2012 - Workforce board officials and their partners in 14 initiatives cited a range of factors that facilitated building innovative collaborations.

Fiscal Austerity and the Transition to 21st Century Employment Disability Policy: A Road Map

November 2011 | Report/Brief

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, November 2011 - Systemic problems with the current support system for working-age people with disabilities are failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving...

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief | The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Most Integrated Employment Settings: Tools to Advance System Outcomes in Your State

October 24, 2017

ODEP developed the Most Integrated Employment Settings (MIES) State Self-Assessment to promote cross-system coordination and to track progress within and between systems.

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

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.

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...

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

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?

Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and its Implications for Employment

March 25, 2015

This webinar will include presenters from CMS and national subject matter experts, who will discuss the HCBS rule and its applications in supporting individuals with disabilities to seek and attain competitive integrated employment.

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

CMS Responds to Statewide HCBS Transition Plans

October 29, 2015

As of October 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent 42 states Clarifications and/or Modifications Required for Initial Approval (CMIA) letters in response to each state’s published Statewide Transition Plan.

Kansas: State Delays Changes to Medicare/Medicaid System Until January 2017

October 29, 2015

Kansas’ Department of Health and Environment and Department of Aging and Disability Services, after receiving feedback from stakeholders in the community (e.g., health care providers, people with disabilities, family members of people with disabil

Minnesota: New Olmstead Plan Addresses Barriers to Living in the Community Faced by People with Disabilities

October 29, 2015

On September 29, 2015, United States District Judge Donovan Frank, pursuant to an existing settlement agreement, approved a plan detailing Minnesota’s strategy to achieve compliance with Olmstead. Under the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v.

ODEP and Administration for Community Living Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Expand Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities

October 29, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL), building on a partnership between the two organizations that began in 2012, recently signed a memor

Wisconsin: Changes to Family Care and IRIS Programs

October 29, 2015

Witnesses at a recent public hearing in Wisconsin expressed concerns about changes made to the state’s bu

CMS Announces Performance-Based Payment Options for Employment Services

September 25, 2015

At the annual Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Conference, hosted by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new performance-based option

Minnesota: Plaintiffs in Minnesota Lawsuit Claim Department of Human Services Underspent $1 Billion in Medicaid Disability Waiver Funds

September 25, 2015

Minnesota attorneys, representing a group of plaintiffs with disabilities, are arguing that Minnesota’s Department of Human Services mismanaged money set aside for Medicaid HCBS waivers, leading to the plaintiffs’ placement on waiting lists for wa

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

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

My Dream Job: On the Importance of Networking

March 29, 2018

In LEAD Center's newest blog, Alec Frazier, Director, Autistic Reality, discusses disability employment, shares his employment journey as an individual with autism, and highlights the importance of networking. He also provides some of his best...

Double Duty: Hire a Veteran with a Disability

November 9, 2017

In LEAD Center's new blog, Marlene Ulisky, Financial Empowerment & Disability Benefits Manager at National Disability Institute, talks about how the military engrains many skills that are transferable to civilian jobs and how hiring a veteran...

Your First Job Should Not Be Your Last

October 12, 2017

I want a job, or two, or three… Can you answer the following question? On a load chart, values above the bold line mean:

The Transformative Power of Work and Inclusion: Reflections on the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2017

Rebecca Salon, Project Director for LEAD, shares her perspective on the transformative power of work and reflects on the Americans with Disabilities Act, 27 years after it was signed into law.

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

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

From Screen to Society: How Television Increases Disability Inclusion

October 11, 2016

We may watch television to relax, but watching that screen can also widen our world view.

In The Know: The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

April 4, 2016

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

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).

CMS’ New HCBS Regulations Opens the Door to Competitive Employment for People with Disabilities

October 9, 2015

As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), it is important that we take account of the incredible progress that has been made in the fight to ensure all people, including people with disabilities, have access to gainful...

In the Know: HCBS Advocacy

July 2, 2015

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations on acceptable and unacceptable home and community based services (HCBS) settings.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

September 2013 | Report/Brief | Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Working for Adults: State Policies and Community College Practices to Better Serve Adult Learners at Community Colleges During the Great Recession and Beyond

June 2013 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2013. This report examines how community colleges serve adults, identifies lessons from research on state policies and college practices to support adults and community colleges

Community College Practices that Serve Older Dislocated Workers

April 2013 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, April 2013. This brief examines strategies being used at five community colleges serving high numbers of dislocated workers and how the outlined practices meet the needs of older workers, some of whom may be aging with or...

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

March 2013 | Report/Brief | National Council on Disability

NCD commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program beneficiaries with disabilities.

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

June 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2012 - 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.

Impact of Federal Policies on an Aging Workforce with Disabilities

March 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, March 2012. This report examines the potential impact of federal policy on work incentives for adults with disabilities in their sixties an late fifties.

Innovative Collaborations Between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Urgent Local Workforce Needs

February 2012 | Report/Brief

Government Accountability Office, February 2012 - Workforce board officials and their partners in 14 initiatives cited a range of factors that facilitated building innovative collaborations.

Fiscal Austerity and the Transition to 21st Century Employment Disability Policy: A Road Map

November 2011 | Report/Brief

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, November 2011 - Systemic problems with the current support system for working-age people with disabilities are failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving...

Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

September 2011 | Report/Brief | The NTAR Leadership Center

This report explores real-world examples of the effective braiding of resources that advanced employer hiring and resulted in positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Most Integrated Employment Settings: Tools to Advance System Outcomes in Your State

October 24, 2017

ODEP developed the Most Integrated Employment Settings (MIES) State Self-Assessment to promote cross-system coordination and to track progress within and between systems.

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

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.

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...

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

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?

Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and its Implications for Employment

March 25, 2015

This webinar will include presenters from CMS and national subject matter experts, who will discuss the HCBS rule and its applications in supporting individuals with disabilities to seek and attain competitive integrated employment.

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

CMS Responds to Statewide HCBS Transition Plans

October 29, 2015

As of October 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent 42 states Clarifications and/or Modifications Required for Initial Approval (CMIA) letters in response to each state’s published Statewide Transition Plan.

Kansas: State Delays Changes to Medicare/Medicaid System Until January 2017

October 29, 2015

Kansas’ Department of Health and Environment and Department of Aging and Disability Services, after receiving feedback from stakeholders in the community (e.g., health care providers, people with disabilities, family members of people with disabil

Minnesota: New Olmstead Plan Addresses Barriers to Living in the Community Faced by People with Disabilities

October 29, 2015

On September 29, 2015, United States District Judge Donovan Frank, pursuant to an existing settlement agreement, approved a plan detailing Minnesota’s strategy to achieve compliance with Olmstead. Under the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v.

ODEP and Administration for Community Living Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Expand Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities

October 29, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL), building on a partnership between the two organizations that began in 2012, recently signed a memor

Wisconsin: Changes to Family Care and IRIS Programs

October 29, 2015

Witnesses at a recent public hearing in Wisconsin expressed concerns about changes made to the state’s bu

CMS Announces Performance-Based Payment Options for Employment Services

September 25, 2015

At the annual Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Conference, hosted by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new performance-based option

Minnesota: Plaintiffs in Minnesota Lawsuit Claim Department of Human Services Underspent $1 Billion in Medicaid Disability Waiver Funds

September 25, 2015

Minnesota attorneys, representing a group of plaintiffs with disabilities, are arguing that Minnesota’s Department of Human Services mismanaged money set aside for Medicaid HCBS waivers, leading to the plaintiffs’ placement on waiting lists for wa

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

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

My Dream Job: On the Importance of Networking

March 29, 2018

In LEAD Center's newest blog, Alec Frazier, Director, Autistic Reality, discusses disability employment, shares his employment journey as an individual with autism, and highlights the importance of networking. He also provides some of his best...

Double Duty: Hire a Veteran with a Disability

November 9, 2017

In LEAD Center's new blog, Marlene Ulisky, Financial Empowerment & Disability Benefits Manager at National Disability Institute, talks about how the military engrains many skills that are transferable to civilian jobs and how hiring a veteran...

Your First Job Should Not Be Your Last

October 12, 2017

I want a job, or two, or three… Can you answer the following question? On a load chart, values above the bold line mean:

The Transformative Power of Work and Inclusion: Reflections on the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2017

Rebecca Salon, Project Director for LEAD, shares her perspective on the transformative power of work and reflects on the Americans with Disabilities Act, 27 years after it was signed into law.

High Expectations

October 17, 2016

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

From Screen to Society: How Television Increases Disability Inclusion

October 11, 2016

We may watch television to relax, but watching that screen can also widen our world view.

In The Know: The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

April 4, 2016

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

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).

CMS’ New HCBS Regulations Opens the Door to Competitive Employment for People with Disabilities

October 9, 2015

As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), it is important that we take account of the incredible progress that has been made in the fight to ensure all people, including people with disabilities, have access to gainful...

In the Know: HCBS Advocacy

July 2, 2015

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations on acceptable and unacceptable home and community based services (HCBS) settings.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

This policy brief examines the correlation between employment, health status and health care costs of people with disabilities. Employment can improve health by increasing social capital, enhancing psychological well-being, providing income, and...

Career Pathways Initiatives

September 2015 | Report/Brief
Americans Institutes for Research

This brief describes major national and regional career pathways initiatives and provides lessons learned for states considering the development and implementation of statewide career pathways programs.

Transition Quickguide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals

July 2015 | Report/Brief
U.S. Department of Labor

This information is for youth and young adults, including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, from ages 12-30.

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.

2013 LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report – Making Collaboration Real

LEAD Center | January 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

LEAD Center, Jan. 2014. This report summarizes the first annual LEAD Center Policy Roundtable discussions with recommendations to engage other federal agencies in a coordinated effort to improve integrated employment outcomes and economic...

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...

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Policy Updates

CMS Releases Report on Medicaid LTSS Expenditures

August 30, 2016

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a report on changes to long-term services and supports (LTSS), “

EEOC Releases New FAQS for Employers on How to Create Notices That Comply with Its Final Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs

August 30, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a sample notice and FAQs that may assist employers in complying with its final ADA regulations on employer-sponsored wellness programs, published on May 17, 2016.

Harvard School of Public Health Study Finds Lack of Workplace Accommodations and Supports May Lead to Poorer Health Outcomes for Workers with Disabilities

August 30, 2016

A July 2016 survey by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that people with disabilities, who are not provided with necessary workplace accommodations and health-related supports in the workplace, are disproportionately likely to...

HCBS Transition Plans: Update on Select Plans

August 30, 2016

During the months of July and August, the states of Missouri, Massachusetts, and Arkansas released revised versions of their home and community-based services (HCBS) Transition Plans and posted them for public comment.

New Hampshire Self-Advocates and Long-Term Support Agencies Sue to Prevent Managed Care of Medicaid-Funded Supports

August 30, 2016

Fifteen New Hampshire individuals with disabilities who rely on long-term community-based services and supports (LTSS), including supported employment, and 10 agencies that provide LTSS, have sued to stop New Hampshire’s plan to move Medicaid-fund

October Marked Opening of ACA Exchanges

August 30, 2016

Enrollment in statewide health care exchanges began on Oct. 1, 2013.

CMS Grants Initial Approval to HCBS Transition Plans for Kentucky and Ohio

June 29, 2016

On June 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted initial approval to the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Plans of Kentucky and Ohio.

Department of Health and Human Services Issues Final Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Including Impact on Employee Health Benefit Programs

June 29, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Employee Wellness Programs, Clarifying How the Programs Can Remain in Compliance with the ADA

June 29, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a final rule amending its regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).

OPM Proposes Regulations to Implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, Giving Disabled Veterans Who Are Federal Employees Access to New Type of Leave for Medical Appointments

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed final regulations implementing a statute that increases the availability of medical leave for United States veterans with disabilities. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015...

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways

December 21, 2016

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) month in October, the LEAD Center hosted a three-week National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways, in collabora

Federal Partnership Supports Career Pathways

June 30, 2016

One of LEAD Center’s priorities over the next year focuses on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways that include youth and adults with disabilities and others who experience barriers to employment.

DOL National Convening Supports Workforce Leadership in Implementing WIOA

March 31, 2016

The Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration, in collaboration with multiple federal offices and national partners, held a national convening of workforce leadership to support state teams in the design of innovative approach

LEAD PARTNERS Independent Living Administration (ILA)

March 31, 2016

The Independent Living Administration (ILA) is a part of the Administration on Disabilities (AoD) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

LEAD Releases New Toolkit to Promote Collaboration between Centers for Independent Living and American Job Centers

March 31, 2016

n collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the LEAD Center has released Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and American Job...

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

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

This policy brief examines the correlation between employment, health status and health care costs of people with disabilities. Employment can improve health by increasing social capital, enhancing psychological well-being, providing income, and...

Career Pathways Initiatives

September 2015 | Report/Brief
Americans Institutes for Research

This brief describes major national and regional career pathways initiatives and provides lessons learned for states considering the development and implementation of statewide career pathways programs.

Transition Quickguide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals

July 2015 | Report/Brief
U.S. Department of Labor

This information is for youth and young adults, including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, from ages 12-30.

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.

2013 LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report – Making Collaboration Real

LEAD Center | January 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

LEAD Center, Jan. 2014. This report summarizes the first annual LEAD Center Policy Roundtable discussions with recommendations to engage other federal agencies in a coordinated effort to improve integrated employment outcomes and economic...

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...

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Policy Updates

CMS Releases Report on Medicaid LTSS Expenditures

August 30, 2016

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a report on changes to long-term services and supports (LTSS), “

EEOC Releases New FAQS for Employers on How to Create Notices That Comply with Its Final Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs

August 30, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a sample notice and FAQs that may assist employers in complying with its final ADA regulations on employer-sponsored wellness programs, published on May 17, 2016.

Harvard School of Public Health Study Finds Lack of Workplace Accommodations and Supports May Lead to Poorer Health Outcomes for Workers with Disabilities

August 30, 2016

A July 2016 survey by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that people with disabilities, who are not provided with necessary workplace accommodations and health-related supports in the workplace, are disproportionately likely to...

HCBS Transition Plans: Update on Select Plans

August 30, 2016

During the months of July and August, the states of Missouri, Massachusetts, and Arkansas released revised versions of their home and community-based services (HCBS) Transition Plans and posted them for public comment.

New Hampshire Self-Advocates and Long-Term Support Agencies Sue to Prevent Managed Care of Medicaid-Funded Supports

August 30, 2016

Fifteen New Hampshire individuals with disabilities who rely on long-term community-based services and supports (LTSS), including supported employment, and 10 agencies that provide LTSS, have sued to stop New Hampshire’s plan to move Medicaid-fund

October Marked Opening of ACA Exchanges

August 30, 2016

Enrollment in statewide health care exchanges began on Oct. 1, 2013.

CMS Grants Initial Approval to HCBS Transition Plans for Kentucky and Ohio

June 29, 2016

On June 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted initial approval to the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Plans of Kentucky and Ohio.

Department of Health and Human Services Issues Final Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Including Impact on Employee Health Benefit Programs

June 29, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Employee Wellness Programs, Clarifying How the Programs Can Remain in Compliance with the ADA

June 29, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a final rule amending its regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).

OPM Proposes Regulations to Implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, Giving Disabled Veterans Who Are Federal Employees Access to New Type of Leave for Medical Appointments

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed final regulations implementing a statute that increases the availability of medical leave for United States veterans with disabilities. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015...

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LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways

December 21, 2016

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) month in October, the LEAD Center hosted a three-week National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways, in collabora

Federal Partnership Supports Career Pathways

June 30, 2016

One of LEAD Center’s priorities over the next year focuses on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways that include youth and adults with disabilities and others who experience barriers to employment.

DOL National Convening Supports Workforce Leadership in Implementing WIOA

March 31, 2016

The Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration, in collaboration with multiple federal offices and national partners, held a national convening of workforce leadership to support state teams in the design of innovative approach

LEAD PARTNERS Independent Living Administration (ILA)

March 31, 2016

The Independent Living Administration (ILA) is a part of the Administration on Disabilities (AoD) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

LEAD Releases New Toolkit to Promote Collaboration between Centers for Independent Living and American Job Centers

March 31, 2016

n collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the LEAD Center has released Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and American Job...

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

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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.

The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | November 2015 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

This policy brief examines the correlation between employment, health status and health care costs of people with disabilities. Employment can improve health by increasing social capital, enhancing psychological well-being, providing income, and...

Career Pathways Initiatives

September 2015 | Report/Brief
Americans Institutes for Research

This brief describes major national and regional career pathways initiatives and provides lessons learned for states considering the development and implementation of statewide career pathways programs.

Transition Quickguide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals

July 2015 | Report/Brief
U.S. Department of Labor

This information is for youth and young adults, including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, from ages 12-30.

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.

2013 LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report – Making Collaboration Real

LEAD Center | January 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

LEAD Center, Jan. 2014. This report summarizes the first annual LEAD Center Policy Roundtable discussions with recommendations to engage other federal agencies in a coordinated effort to improve integrated employment outcomes and economic...

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...

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), September 2013. This brief examines the impact of the ACA on people with I/DD.

Policy Updates

CMS Releases Report on Medicaid LTSS Expenditures

August 30, 2016

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a report on changes to long-term services and supports (LTSS), “

EEOC Releases New FAQS for Employers on How to Create Notices That Comply with Its Final Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs

August 30, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a sample notice and FAQs that may assist employers in complying with its final ADA regulations on employer-sponsored wellness programs, published on May 17, 2016.

Harvard School of Public Health Study Finds Lack of Workplace Accommodations and Supports May Lead to Poorer Health Outcomes for Workers with Disabilities

August 30, 2016

A July 2016 survey by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that people with disabilities, who are not provided with necessary workplace accommodations and health-related supports in the workplace, are disproportionately likely to...

HCBS Transition Plans: Update on Select Plans

August 30, 2016

During the months of July and August, the states of Missouri, Massachusetts, and Arkansas released revised versions of their home and community-based services (HCBS) Transition Plans and posted them for public comment.

New Hampshire Self-Advocates and Long-Term Support Agencies Sue to Prevent Managed Care of Medicaid-Funded Supports

August 30, 2016

Fifteen New Hampshire individuals with disabilities who rely on long-term community-based services and supports (LTSS), including supported employment, and 10 agencies that provide LTSS, have sued to stop New Hampshire’s plan to move Medicaid-fund

October Marked Opening of ACA Exchanges

August 30, 2016

Enrollment in statewide health care exchanges began on Oct. 1, 2013.

CMS Grants Initial Approval to HCBS Transition Plans for Kentucky and Ohio

June 29, 2016

On June 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted initial approval to the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Plans of Kentucky and Ohio.

Department of Health and Human Services Issues Final Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Including Impact on Employee Health Benefit Programs

June 29, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Employee Wellness Programs, Clarifying How the Programs Can Remain in Compliance with the ADA

June 29, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a final rule amending its regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).

OPM Proposes Regulations to Implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, Giving Disabled Veterans Who Are Federal Employees Access to New Type of Leave for Medical Appointments

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed final regulations implementing a statute that increases the availability of medical leave for United States veterans with disabilities. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015...

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways

December 21, 2016

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) month in October, the LEAD Center hosted a three-week National Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways, in collabora

Federal Partnership Supports Career Pathways

June 30, 2016

One of LEAD Center’s priorities over the next year focuses on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways that include youth and adults with disabilities and others who experience barriers to employment.

DOL National Convening Supports Workforce Leadership in Implementing WIOA

March 31, 2016

The Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration, in collaboration with multiple federal offices and national partners, held a national convening of workforce leadership to support state teams in the design of innovative approach

LEAD PARTNERS Independent Living Administration (ILA)

March 31, 2016

The Independent Living Administration (ILA) is a part of the Administration on Disabilities (AoD) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

LEAD Releases New Toolkit to Promote Collaboration between Centers for Independent Living and American Job Centers

March 31, 2016

n collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the LEAD Center has released Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and American Job...

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