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LEAD Center Shares Workforce Flexibility and Return to Work Strategies

September 30, 2014

LEAD Center Project Director Rebecca Salon and Project Coordinator Brittany Taylor presented on the SEDL Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research’s (KTER Center) 2nd Annual State of the Science Virtual Conference on September 17th.  Salon and Taylor shared results from the LEAD Center’s employment-focused research including:

·         An in-depth look inside an exemplary American corporation to identify best practices in employee retention and return to work;

·         A partnership with the Families and Work Institute (FWI), who just completed their 2014 National Study of Employers and is set to launch their National Study of the Changing Workforce;

·         The results of the Employer Best Practices on Mature Workers and Workplace Flexibility survey, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), focusing on recruitment and retention-related efforts with mature workers; and

·         Information about the creation of a Knowledge Translation Consortium, which brings together federally-funded training and technical assistance centers, each with their own unique mission addressing different aspects of employment, career readiness and development, transition and accessibility for youth and adults with disabilities. 

The State of the Science Conference addressed employment research for people with disabilities, and the best ways to get research results into use. The KTER Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) within the U.S. Department of Education. Grantees of NIDRR and RSA were invited to participate.