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Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

September 30, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1. This platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policy-makers, 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. Additionally, users will have the ability to review an individual State’s legislation, regulations, policies, and existing systems-change initiatives. The platform will allow 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 for 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.