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Competitive Integrated Employment as a Civil Right for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, November 08, 2016
3:00pm - 4:30pm ET

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) is making progress in improving state infrastructures that prioritize competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities over segregated sheltered work or non-work activities. These improvements are occurring at the policy, partnerships, capacity building and services realignment levels. However, as EFSLMP focuses upon necessary structural changes needed to reduce sheltered work and non-work while increasing integrated, competitive work, it may also be useful to view the work of EFSLMP as a human and civil rights initiative.

This Webinar brings together a panel of presenters from the Department of Justice, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and APSE to present their views on the linkage between EFSLMP and civil rights legislation, and law and policy focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. Promoting employment and community inclusion also means promoting economic security for people with disabilities who have historically faced discrimination and economic disenfranchisement. The panelists will discuss how supporting transformation to competitive integrated employment aligns with changing laws and policies to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.


  • Michael Morris, Executive Director - National Disability Institute and LEAD Center Public Policy Co-Chair
  • Gary Shaheen, Director for Policy and Practice-Social Dynamics, LLC


  • Regina Kline, Senior Counsel-Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Annette Shea, Program Specialist- Administration for Community Living; US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Allison Wohl, Executive Director - APSE