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Keep up with the latest LEAD Center information as well as breaking news about employment, policy and economic advancement for people with disabilities.


President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractor Workers

February 12, 2014

President Obama included workers with disabilities in an executive order he signed today raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

LEAD Center Policy Roundtable Report Available

February 5, 2014

The LEAD Center released recently the report from its first bi-annual 2013 Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

White House Office of Public Engagement to Hold Disability Community Call on Thursday, Jan. 30

January 29, 2014

This Thursday, January 30 at 3 p.m. ET the White House Office of Public Engagement will re-launch its disability community conference White House call featuring a senior Administration official.

New CMS Rule On Home and Community-Based Services Gives States Greater Flexibility to Serve the Disability Community

January 17, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released recently new regulations on state Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) programs.

ODEP Releases New Policy Brief on Health Care Transition and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new policy brief   recently on health care transition and employment.

New Issue of the LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability Published

December 19, 2013

The Dec. 19, 2013 update features stories on the closing of Massachusetts sheltered workshops, various state Medicaid expansion efforts, the newly extended ACA compliance deadline, HHS grants to community health centers and mental health parity...

LEAD Center Partners with National Association of State Workforce Agencies

November 19, 2013

On Friday, November 15, the LEAD Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

ODEP Announces Year Two Funding for the LEAD Center

September 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently announced continued funding of the LEAD Center, a project of National Disability Institute.

DOL to Host Twitter Chat on New Rules for People with Disabilities & Veterans - September 13th

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two ...