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’s work increases knowledge and capacity in seven key areas:  customized employment, retention and return-to-work, self-employment, economic advancement, funding long-term supports, universal design and cross-system collaboration. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) creates new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities in the workforce system. The LEAD Center’s work supports partnerships, capacity-building and the leveraging of resources to ensure the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in receiving services and achieving outcomes.

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 the workforce system, including American Job Centers (AJC) and their partners, 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 that supports Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and American Job Centers (AJCs) to collaborate on Unified State Planning, now required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and to assist individuals with diverse disabilities to achieve employment and economic advancement goals together and with other partners in their communities.