Employment

Work is a fundamental part of life for adults with and without disabilities, 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

Work is a fundamental part of life for adults with and without disabilities. Work is an essential path to economic self-sufficiency and financial stability. According to multiple research studies, work has been associated with building self-esteem and positive physical and mental health. For too many working age adults with disabilities, meaningful employment in competitive integrated work settings has not been an achievable goal. The most current monthly data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that unemployment, wage levels and poverty are significantly worse for people with disabilities as compared to their non-disabled peers.

Goals & Activities

Explore the LEAD Center’s 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 - Blending and Braiding Resources

Learn about the LEAD Center’s initiative with TASH subject matter experts to build the capacity of American Job Centers to advance employment outcomes for jobseekers with disabilities by focusing on customized employment, self employment and blending and braiding of resources.

Centers for Independent Living (CIL) Workforce Pilot

Discover an exciting new pilot project in cooperation with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to help individuals with diverse disabilities achieve employment goals at American Job Centers in their communities.