Work is a fundamental part of life for adults with and without disabilities. Work is also an essential path to economic self-sufficiency and financial stability. At a systems level, the LEAD Center will increase knowledge and capacity in seven key areas: self-employment, customized employment, retention and return-to-work, economic advancement, funding long-term supports, universal program design and cross-system collaboration.

Employment Overview

Discover what the LEAD Center is doing to promote systems change in employment and why change is needed.

Current Goals & Activities

Explore the LEAD Center’s employment and public policy goals and activities designed to promote cross-system alignment and collaboration to advance employment and financial capability outcomes for people with disabilities.

Customized Employment

Learn about the LEAD Center’s initiatives to build the capacity of American Job Centers to advance employment outcomes for jobseekers with disabilities by focusing on customized employment, self-employment, state-level systems change and blending and braiding of resources.

Centers for Independent Living (CIL) Workforce Collaboration

Discover an exciting LEAD Center project in collaboration with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), which has established a Community of Practice (CoP) for CILs and American Job Centers (AJCs) to help individuals with diverse disabilities achieve economic advancement and employment goals at AJCs and with other partners in their communities.