ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for Employment First information. This website provides unique, comprehensive data sets and information for policymakers, researchers, and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in 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 adult services, mental health, workforce and vocational rehabilitation. Users will have the ability to review an individual State’s legislation, regulations, policies, and existing systems-change initiatives, as well as 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. Additionally, users can quickly and easily compare multiple states’ categorical outcome data simultaneously. The goal of this website is to improve information access for policymakers, researchers, disability stakeholders, and the public to be better informed about and garner a stronger understanding of the impact of Employment First investments in the United States. For more information, please visit the LEAD Employment First website.