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National Employment First Online Policy and Data Platform Launch

September 25, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform that will allow policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders to learn about national trends, policies and activities related to Employment First. This new resource will specifically provide outcome data across Federally-funded systems that address the needs of people with disabilities including, but not limited to, education, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health, workforce and vocational rehabilitation. Additionally, users will have the ability to review an individual State’s legislation, regulations, policies, and existing systems-change initiatives. The platform also allows users to conduct advanced search inquiries into all policies and actions taken around a specific topic in order to scan what is happening nationwide in that area, as well as to compare several states’ outcome data simultaneously. The purpose of the platform is to improve access of policy-makers, researchers, disability stakeholders, and the public to learn about and garner a stronger understanding of the impact of Employment First investments in the United States.

ODEP will host a national public webinar on the launch of the new platform via the National LEAD Center on October 1, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST. Register to attend the webinar.