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WIOA/ Workforce Development

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers with and without disabilities in succeeding in the labor market, matching employers with skilled workers who benefit from education, skills training, and career services from the workforce development system.  The LEAD Center is focused on highlighting the opportunities presented in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to build integrated cross-system collaborations that improve employment and economic outcomes for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Disability and Employment: Connect the Pieces

Website

These resources are designed to help connect three key pieces together -- the American Job Center, the employer and individuals with disabilities.

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovat

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website | Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitmen

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief | U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

Career Pathways: Introducing Entrepreneurship and Small Business Concepts for Youth with Disabilities

August 2, 2018

This training/Community of Practice meeting will recap the vision of WIOA for following a career pathway model for service delivery and explore Alaska’s innovation of including entrepreneurship and small business concepts into their service struct

Achieving 188 Compliance & AJC Certification: Key Strategies & Actions from Policy to Procedures - Series 3 of 3

April 30, 2018

The final webinar of the series will give a snapshot of the foundation set by WIOA’s disability-related provisions and Section 188.

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

In this webinar, the Technical Assistance teams of WINTAC, LEAD Center and DEI, along with Felipe Lulli from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Sara Hastings from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and Joe Ashley from

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

February 21, 2018

Mark your calendars and register today for this important webinar – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.

Advancing Disability Employment in Your State: Resources and Information

October 18, 2017

Are you interested in national and state-level disability employment statistics, policy and initiatives?

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget

July 31, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 13-14

July 31, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, held its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities

June 30, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessn

Senator Grassley Introduces New Bill to Incentivize Medicaid Community-Based Options

June 30, 2015

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, introduced a measure to provide financial incentives to states for increasing communitybased services for people with disabilities.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Hosts Third Virtual Meeting

May 29, 2015

On May 11 and 12, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its third meeting since first conve

Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas

April 30, 2015

In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S.

Minnesota Bill Aims to Expand Employment Services for People with Mental Illness

March 30, 2015

The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that would allow more individuals with psychiatric disabilities and behavioral health issues to access Individual Placement and Support (IPS) emp

New Mathematica Policy Article on Long-Term Work Activity and Use of Employment Supports for Supplemental Security Income Recipients

March 30, 2015

Professional staff from the Mathematica Policy Research’s Center for Studying Disability Policy has published a new article in the Social Security Bulletin explor

Building a Roadmap that Supports the National WIOA System to Navigate Inclusive Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

Over the past several months, the LEAD Center has researched effective strategies nationwide in serving people with disabilities and reaching positive employment outcomes through Inclusive Career Pathways.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing Highlighting People with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

On May 9, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities.” The hearing, chaired by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), sought to e

LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences

June 28, 2018

LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference.

LEAD People: Yvonne Wright

June 28, 2018

Yvonne Wright serves as the Director of Workforce Engagement and Innovation for the

Resources

June 28, 2018

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator’s Guide

LEAD Partner: Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has been participating in and offering technical assistance to Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce, which was created in 2016 as recommended in the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

LEAD Partner: Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center has been working in partnership with the Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center (AJC) in Tennessee for the past two years.

OPM Issues Final Rule to Simplify Schedule A Hiring Authority for Persons With Disabilities

February 21, 2013

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations for the “Schedule A Hiring Authority” to simplify the hiring process of people with intellectual, significant and psychiatric disabilities by not requiring candidates who have...

Monster.Com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind Users

January 30, 2013

The popular job search website Monster.com will be the first job search and recruitment website in the industry to provide job seekers who are blind with full and equal access to all of its products and services including mobile applications.

U.S. Labor Department Awards $1.1 million Grant to Establish Technical Assistance Center for Increasing Employment of People with Disabilities

September 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy on Sept.

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

December 17, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

In the Know: What Every Employer Needs to Know - Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

October 15, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Disability and Employment: Connect the Pieces

Website

These resources are designed to help connect three key pieces together -- the American Job Center, the employer and individuals with disabilities.

Recruitment and Hiring Strategies: Disabled Veterans

Website

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America’s businesses stand to benefit. Across all industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations.

Veterans’ Priority: WorkforceGPS Collection Site

Website

This is the centralized collection of information for Veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives, which primarily affect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs.

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity): Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | December 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovat

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Website | Partnership for Public Service

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings draw on responses from civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitmen

Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems)

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description, from a disability perspective, of the Department of Labor and Department of Education Final Rules implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce...

Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as amended by Title IV OF WIOA

LEAD Center | August 2016 | Report/Brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary description of the Department of Education’s Final Rule implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce...

Veterans.gov

Website

The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics

June 2016 | Report/Brief | U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most up-to-date report on the U.S. workforce as it relates to the employment status of people with disabilities. 

FAQs – Pre-Employment Transition Services

April 2016 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration

List of FAQs related to fiscal requirements of pre-employment transition services.

Career Pathways: Introducing Entrepreneurship and Small Business Concepts for Youth with Disabilities

August 2, 2018

This training/Community of Practice meeting will recap the vision of WIOA for following a career pathway model for service delivery and explore Alaska’s innovation of including entrepreneurship and small business concepts into their service struct

Achieving 188 Compliance & AJC Certification: Key Strategies & Actions from Policy to Procedures - Series 3 of 3

April 30, 2018

The final webinar of the series will give a snapshot of the foundation set by WIOA’s disability-related provisions and Section 188.

Building Employment Opportunities Through Inclusive Career Pathways

April 23, 2018

In this webinar, the Technical Assistance teams of WINTAC, LEAD Center and DEI, along with Felipe Lulli from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Sara Hastings from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and Joe Ashley from

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

February 21, 2018

Mark your calendars and register today for this important webinar – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.

Advancing Disability Employment in Your State: Resources and Information

October 18, 2017

Are you interested in national and state-level disability employment statistics, policy and initiatives?

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know

July 28, 2016

Join this webinar to learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget

July 31, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Held July 13-14

July 31, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, held its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Minnesota: Governor Pushes Funding for Job Program to Help People with Disabilities

June 30, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying the state legislature for a reconciled budget to add a new $5 million allocation for a program that will help people with disabilities find jobs and assist people with mental illness with housing to avoid homelessn

Senator Grassley Introduces New Bill to Incentivize Medicaid Community-Based Options

June 30, 2015

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, introduced a measure to provide financial incentives to states for increasing communitybased services for people with disabilities.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Hosts Third Virtual Meeting

May 29, 2015

On May 11 and 12, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its third meeting since first conve

Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas

April 30, 2015

In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S.

Minnesota Bill Aims to Expand Employment Services for People with Mental Illness

March 30, 2015

The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that would allow more individuals with psychiatric disabilities and behavioral health issues to access Individual Placement and Support (IPS) emp

New Mathematica Policy Article on Long-Term Work Activity and Use of Employment Supports for Supplemental Security Income Recipients

March 30, 2015

Professional staff from the Mathematica Policy Research’s Center for Studying Disability Policy has published a new article in the Social Security Bulletin explor

Building a Roadmap that Supports the National WIOA System to Navigate Inclusive Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

Over the past several months, the LEAD Center has researched effective strategies nationwide in serving people with disabilities and reaching positive employment outcomes through Inclusive Career Pathways.

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing Highlighting People with Disabilities

June 28, 2018

On May 9, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities.” The hearing, chaired by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), sought to e

LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences

June 28, 2018

LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference.

LEAD People: Yvonne Wright

June 28, 2018

Yvonne Wright serves as the Director of Workforce Engagement and Innovation for the

Resources

June 28, 2018

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator’s Guide

LEAD Partner: Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has been participating in and offering technical assistance to Virginia’s Accessibility Taskforce, which was created in 2016 as recommended in the State’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.

Three-Part Webinar Series: AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center has joined forces with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to host a three-part webinar series on AJC Certification & Section 188: A Window of Opportunity to Impact Equal Opportunity Policy & Practice for People with Dis

WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates

March 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, LEAD Center hosted a webinar on WIOA State Plan Modifications from a Disability Perspective: Recommendations for Ensuring Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in State Plan Updates. This webinar was in response to the Two

LEAD Partner: Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center has been working in partnership with the Clarksville Montgomery County American Job Center (AJC) in Tennessee for the past two years.

OPM Issues Final Rule to Simplify Schedule A Hiring Authority for Persons With Disabilities

February 21, 2013

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations for the “Schedule A Hiring Authority” to simplify the hiring process of people with intellectual, significant and psychiatric disabilities by not requiring candidates who have...

Monster.Com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind Users

January 30, 2013

The popular job search website Monster.com will be the first job search and recruitment website in the industry to provide job seekers who are blind with full and equal access to all of its products and services including mobile applications.

U.S. Labor Department Awards $1.1 million Grant to Establish Technical Assistance Center for Increasing Employment of People with Disabilities

September 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy on Sept.

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

December 17, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

In the Know: What Every Employer Needs to Know - Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

October 15, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference. The session provided an overview of the role of service providers, parents, supports, and self-advocates is to identify, introduce and...

Successful Employment: How Local American Job Centers (AJCs) Can Help

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

Many people with developmental disabilities believe that they aren’t eligible for American Job Center (AJC) services or that the services won’t accommodate their needs.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief
Mathematica

Mathematica conducted a comprehensive literature review of services and supports that facilitate employment for people with psychiatric disorders. The review focused on three subgroups: (1) long-term clients of mental health services, (2) workers at...

Research Brief: Disability Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices and Policies: Who Has Them and What Difference Does it Really Make?

January 2014 | Report/Brief

Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University, 2014. This report examines the prevalence of inclusive workforce practices and policies that can help improve the recruitment, hiring and retention of workers with disabilities. The report...

Fact Sheet: Flexible Work Arrangements

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Report/Brief

LEAD Center, July 2013. This fact sheet desribes various best practices for employers when making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Presentation

LEAD Center, July 2013. This presentation was used to lead a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the NAWDP Annual Conference, and details how workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with...

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Website

National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center)

Webinars

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

NAWDP Webinar: Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities

September 16, 2014

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act places a greater emphasis on serving all job seekers – regardless of ability.

Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

September 24, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about best practices in Section 188 implementation and compliance.

Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System

April 23, 2014

There are new challenges and opportunities for federal contractors as a result of requirements of the Section 503 final rule.

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA

June 24, 2015

View this webinar to learn more about cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities.

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process - Part 2 of 4-Part Series on WIOA

April 29, 2015

View this webinar to identify key components of a Plan, and explore a collaborative approach to developing the Unified State Plan to include stakeholders in the disability community.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4

February 25, 2015

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."

Policy Updates

California Agrees to Transform Employment Services for People with Disabilities - Many Paid Through Medicaid

February 27, 2015

Three California agencies and the state protection and advocacy system have announced a new collaboration on a six-month blueprint to encourage competitive integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Delaware Plan for Supporting People with Mental Health, Substance use Disorders in Finding Employment

February 27, 2015

During remarks on his policy agenda for 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell has announced a statewide plan for Delawareans to thrive amidst a changing economy that strengthens statefunded education and employment initiatives.

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health released a new guide on employer compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

On January 22, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) held a congressional briefing session on the earnings disparity between workers with disabilities and nondisabled workers.

Delaware 1915(I) Plan Starting January 2015 Will Focus on Employment Supports for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

Delaware’s Pathways to Employment program, which will provide a variety of employment services to people with targeted disabilities, came into effect on January 1, 20

Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act Introduced (H.R. 188)

January 30, 2015

This month, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi introduced H.R. 188, the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2015. Representative Harper introduced an identical bill in 2013 that gained 97 co-sponsors before dying.

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

The Department of Labor has named the members of its new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

‘Hire More Heroes’ Offers Veterans Boost for Small Business Jobs

January 30, 2015

In early January, House Republicans announced the re-introduction of the Hire More Heroes Act, which would incentivize small businesses to hire military retirees, reservists and veterans with disabilities.

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LEAD On! Articles

LEAD People: Sharyn Hancock

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center is pleased to highlight the work of Sharyn Hancock, Disability Resource Coordinator at Workforce Essentials in Clarksville

NAWDP Youth Symposium 2017

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center staff and partners presented at a plenary session at the 2017 Youth Development Symposium, held annually by the National Association of Workforce Development Pr

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 27, 2017

The official theme of the U.S.

Section 188 and AJC Certification: Achieving Compliance, Expanding Access, and Increasing Outcomes

September 27, 2017

The LEAD Center has been providing training nationwide on how all programs and activities that are part of the One-Stop delivery system, including workforce partners, must comply with Section 188, Workforce I

2017 WIOA National Convening Resources: WorkforceGPS Innovation and Opportunity Network Community of Practice

June 29, 2017

Following the 2017 WIOA National Convenings, the WorkforceGPS team compiled additional technical assistance materials and resources, including relev

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings

June 29, 2017

This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings.

New Resources for States in Assessing Implementation Progress on Employment First Systems Transformation and Most Integrated Employment Settings

June 29, 2017

If you haven’t recently visited the Employment First website, you may have missed three important new resources; this user-friendly website offers comprehensive information on state policies, pu

LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions 

March 29, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportun

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

Missouri Workforce Development to Launch New Assessment on Impact of Statewide Section 188 Training

December 21, 2016

By January 2017, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development staff and management will have participated in a new statewide training series highlighting disability under the Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Wo

News

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama formally signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

On July 9, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a 415 to 6 vote H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill to improve and streamline the federal workforce development system.

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

On May 21, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), announced an agreement had been reached to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, a law that had sunset in...

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

Earlier this week, LEAD Center staff visited Denver, Colo. to deliver a presentation at the 2014 National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference.

DOL Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez Pens Blog Post on Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce at DOL "Work In Progress" Blog

April 15, 2014

On April 15, U.S.. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez wrote a blog explaining why the skills and perspectives of workers with disabilities are needed to help bridge the employment gap in the health care...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractor Workers

February 12, 2014

President Obama included workers with disabilities in an executive order he signed today raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

ODEP Releases New Policy Brief on Health Care Transition and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new policy brief   recently on health care transition and employment.

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

DOL to Host Twitter Chat on New Rules for People with Disabilities & Veterans - September 13th

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

Save the Date! Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change on September 9 -11, 2013

August 30, 2013

Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities

Blogs

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

December 17, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

In the Know: What Every Employer Needs to Know - Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

October 15, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference. The session provided an overview of the role of service providers, parents, supports, and self-advocates is to identify, introduce and...

Successful Employment: How Local American Job Centers (AJCs) Can Help

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

Many people with developmental disabilities believe that they aren’t eligible for American Job Center (AJC) services or that the services won’t accommodate their needs.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief
Mathematica

Mathematica conducted a comprehensive literature review of services and supports that facilitate employment for people with psychiatric disorders. The review focused on three subgroups: (1) long-term clients of mental health services, (2) workers at...

Research Brief: Disability Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices and Policies: Who Has Them and What Difference Does it Really Make?

January 2014 | Report/Brief

Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University, 2014. This report examines the prevalence of inclusive workforce practices and policies that can help improve the recruitment, hiring and retention of workers with disabilities. The report...

Fact Sheet: Flexible Work Arrangements

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Report/Brief

LEAD Center, July 2013. This fact sheet desribes various best practices for employers when making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Presentation

LEAD Center, July 2013. This presentation was used to lead a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the NAWDP Annual Conference, and details how workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with...

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Website

National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center)

Webinars

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

NAWDP Webinar: Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities

September 16, 2014

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act places a greater emphasis on serving all job seekers – regardless of ability.

Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

September 24, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about best practices in Section 188 implementation and compliance.

Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System

April 23, 2014

There are new challenges and opportunities for federal contractors as a result of requirements of the Section 503 final rule.

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA

June 24, 2015

View this webinar to learn more about cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities.

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process - Part 2 of 4-Part Series on WIOA

April 29, 2015

View this webinar to identify key components of a Plan, and explore a collaborative approach to developing the Unified State Plan to include stakeholders in the disability community.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4

February 25, 2015

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."

Policy Updates

California Agrees to Transform Employment Services for People with Disabilities - Many Paid Through Medicaid

February 27, 2015

Three California agencies and the state protection and advocacy system have announced a new collaboration on a six-month blueprint to encourage competitive integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Delaware Plan for Supporting People with Mental Health, Substance use Disorders in Finding Employment

February 27, 2015

During remarks on his policy agenda for 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell has announced a statewide plan for Delawareans to thrive amidst a changing economy that strengthens statefunded education and employment initiatives.

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health released a new guide on employer compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

On January 22, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) held a congressional briefing session on the earnings disparity between workers with disabilities and nondisabled workers.

Delaware 1915(I) Plan Starting January 2015 Will Focus on Employment Supports for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

Delaware’s Pathways to Employment program, which will provide a variety of employment services to people with targeted disabilities, came into effect on January 1, 20

Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act Introduced (H.R. 188)

January 30, 2015

This month, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi introduced H.R. 188, the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2015. Representative Harper introduced an identical bill in 2013 that gained 97 co-sponsors before dying.

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

The Department of Labor has named the members of its new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

‘Hire More Heroes’ Offers Veterans Boost for Small Business Jobs

January 30, 2015

In early January, House Republicans announced the re-introduction of the Hire More Heroes Act, which would incentivize small businesses to hire military retirees, reservists and veterans with disabilities.

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LEAD On! Articles

LEAD People: Sharyn Hancock

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center is pleased to highlight the work of Sharyn Hancock, Disability Resource Coordinator at Workforce Essentials in Clarksville

NAWDP Youth Symposium 2017

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center staff and partners presented at a plenary session at the 2017 Youth Development Symposium, held annually by the National Association of Workforce Development Pr

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 27, 2017

The official theme of the U.S.

Section 188 and AJC Certification: Achieving Compliance, Expanding Access, and Increasing Outcomes

September 27, 2017

The LEAD Center has been providing training nationwide on how all programs and activities that are part of the One-Stop delivery system, including workforce partners, must comply with Section 188, Workforce I

2017 WIOA National Convening Resources: WorkforceGPS Innovation and Opportunity Network Community of Practice

June 29, 2017

Following the 2017 WIOA National Convenings, the WorkforceGPS team compiled additional technical assistance materials and resources, including relev

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings

June 29, 2017

This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings.

New Resources for States in Assessing Implementation Progress on Employment First Systems Transformation and Most Integrated Employment Settings

June 29, 2017

If you haven’t recently visited the Employment First website, you may have missed three important new resources; this user-friendly website offers comprehensive information on state policies, pu

LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions 

March 29, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportun

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

Missouri Workforce Development to Launch New Assessment on Impact of Statewide Section 188 Training

December 21, 2016

By January 2017, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development staff and management will have participated in a new statewide training series highlighting disability under the Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Wo

News

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama formally signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

On July 9, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a 415 to 6 vote H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill to improve and streamline the federal workforce development system.

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

On May 21, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), announced an agreement had been reached to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, a law that had sunset in...

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

Earlier this week, LEAD Center staff visited Denver, Colo. to deliver a presentation at the 2014 National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference.

DOL Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez Pens Blog Post on Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce at DOL "Work In Progress" Blog

April 15, 2014

On April 15, U.S.. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez wrote a blog explaining why the skills and perspectives of workers with disabilities are needed to help bridge the employment gap in the health care...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractor Workers

February 12, 2014

President Obama included workers with disabilities in an executive order he signed today raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

ODEP Releases New Policy Brief on Health Care Transition and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new policy brief   recently on health care transition and employment.

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

DOL to Host Twitter Chat on New Rules for People with Disabilities & Veterans - September 13th

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

Save the Date! Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change on September 9 -11, 2013

August 30, 2013

Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities

Blogs

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

December 17, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

In the Know: What Every Employer Needs to Know - Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

October 15, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

These presentation slides accompanied a LEAD Center session of the same title during the 2014 TASH Conference. The session provided an overview of the role of service providers, parents, supports, and self-advocates is to identify, introduce and...

Successful Employment: How Local American Job Centers (AJCs) Can Help

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

Many people with developmental disabilities believe that they aren’t eligible for American Job Center (AJC) services or that the services won’t accommodate their needs.

LEAD Center Policy Brief: Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law No. 113-128). The LEAD Center has created a summary of the major amendments to Titles I and IV of the Workforce Investment Act from a...

Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

This publication describes several approaches to employee retention, including taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and obtaining assistance from...

Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

The purpose of this report is to assist small businesses "open the doors" and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief
Mathematica

Mathematica conducted a comprehensive literature review of services and supports that facilitate employment for people with psychiatric disorders. The review focused on three subgroups: (1) long-term clients of mental health services, (2) workers at...

Research Brief: Disability Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices and Policies: Who Has Them and What Difference Does it Really Make?

January 2014 | Report/Brief

Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University, 2014. This report examines the prevalence of inclusive workforce practices and policies that can help improve the recruitment, hiring and retention of workers with disabilities. The report...

Fact Sheet: Flexible Work Arrangements

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Report/Brief

LEAD Center, July 2013. This fact sheet desribes various best practices for employers when making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Presentation

LEAD Center, July 2013. This presentation was used to lead a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the NAWDP Annual Conference, and details how workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with...

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Website

National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center)

Webinars

Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies

March 26, 2014

This webinar, as part of our Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies.

NAWDP Webinar: Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities

September 16, 2014

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act places a greater emphasis on serving all job seekers – regardless of ability.

Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

September 24, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about best practices in Section 188 implementation and compliance.

Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System

April 23, 2014

There are new challenges and opportunities for federal contractors as a result of requirements of the Section 503 final rule.

State Workforce Systems that are Making Equal Opportunity a Priority: Missouri, Virginia, California - Series 2 of 3

April 4, 2018

In the second webinar, representatives from three States share their motivations, strategies, challenges and actions in implementing effective AJC Certification procedures, with Section 188 as the framework.

Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA

June 24, 2015

View this webinar to learn more about cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities.

What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions

February 28, 2017

View this webinar archive to learn what disability advocates need to know about changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA’s) Equal Opportunity Provisions (Section 188).

WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process - Part 2 of 4-Part Series on WIOA

April 29, 2015

View this webinar to identify key components of a Plan, and explore a collaborative approach to developing the Unified State Plan to include stakeholders in the disability community.

WIOA from a Disability Perspective & Section 188: A Powerful Foundation for Access - Series 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

The series kicks-off with an overview of disability-related provisions in WIOA and its Section 188 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination regulations.

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4

February 25, 2015

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."

Policy Updates

California Agrees to Transform Employment Services for People with Disabilities - Many Paid Through Medicaid

February 27, 2015

Three California agencies and the state protection and advocacy system have announced a new collaboration on a six-month blueprint to encourage competitive integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Delaware Plan for Supporting People with Mental Health, Substance use Disorders in Finding Employment

February 27, 2015

During remarks on his policy agenda for 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell has announced a statewide plan for Delawareans to thrive amidst a changing economy that strengthens statefunded education and employment initiatives.

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health released a new guide on employer compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

On January 22, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) held a congressional briefing session on the earnings disparity between workers with disabilities and nondisabled workers.

Delaware 1915(I) Plan Starting January 2015 Will Focus on Employment Supports for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

Delaware’s Pathways to Employment program, which will provide a variety of employment services to people with targeted disabilities, came into effect on January 1, 20

Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act Introduced (H.R. 188)

January 30, 2015

This month, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi introduced H.R. 188, the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2015. Representative Harper introduced an identical bill in 2013 that gained 97 co-sponsors before dying.

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

The Department of Labor has named the members of its new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

‘Hire More Heroes’ Offers Veterans Boost for Small Business Jobs

January 30, 2015

In early January, House Republicans announced the re-introduction of the Hire More Heroes Act, which would incentivize small businesses to hire military retirees, reservists and veterans with disabilities.

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LEAD On! Articles

LEAD People: Sharyn Hancock

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center is pleased to highlight the work of Sharyn Hancock, Disability Resource Coordinator at Workforce Essentials in Clarksville

NAWDP Youth Symposium 2017

December 19, 2017

LEAD Center staff and partners presented at a plenary session at the 2017 Youth Development Symposium, held annually by the National Association of Workforce Development Pr

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 27, 2017

The official theme of the U.S.

Section 188 and AJC Certification: Achieving Compliance, Expanding Access, and Increasing Outcomes

September 27, 2017

The LEAD Center has been providing training nationwide on how all programs and activities that are part of the One-Stop delivery system, including workforce partners, must comply with Section 188, Workforce I

2017 WIOA National Convening Resources: WorkforceGPS Innovation and Opportunity Network Community of Practice

June 29, 2017

Following the 2017 WIOA National Convenings, the WorkforceGPS team compiled additional technical assistance materials and resources, including relev

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings

June 29, 2017

This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings.

New Resources for States in Assessing Implementation Progress on Employment First Systems Transformation and Most Integrated Employment Settings

June 29, 2017

If you haven’t recently visited the Employment First website, you may have missed three important new resources; this user-friendly website offers comprehensive information on state policies, pu

LEAD Center Webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions 

March 29, 2017

On February 28, 2017, the LEAD Center hosted a webinar on What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportun

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

Missouri Workforce Development to Launch New Assessment on Impact of Statewide Section 188 Training

December 21, 2016

By January 2017, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development staff and management will have participated in a new statewide training series highlighting disability under the Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Wo

News

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama formally signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

On July 9, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a 415 to 6 vote H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill to improve and streamline the federal workforce development system.

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

On May 21, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), announced an agreement had been reached to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, a law that had sunset in...

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

Earlier this week, LEAD Center staff visited Denver, Colo. to deliver a presentation at the 2014 National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference.

DOL Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez Pens Blog Post on Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce at DOL "Work In Progress" Blog

April 15, 2014

On April 15, U.S.. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez wrote a blog explaining why the skills and perspectives of workers with disabilities are needed to help bridge the employment gap in the health care...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractor Workers

February 12, 2014

President Obama included workers with disabilities in an executive order he signed today raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

ODEP Releases New Policy Brief on Health Care Transition and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

January 10, 2014

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new policy brief   recently on health care transition and employment.

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

DOL to Host Twitter Chat on New Rules for People with Disabilities & Veterans - September 13th

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

Save the Date! Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change on September 9 -11, 2013

August 30, 2013

Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities

Blogs

Show Support for Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Promoting Fair Wages

April 12, 2016

For many, one of the most important parts of the transition to adulthood is finding meaningful employment. However, people on the autism spectrum still face immense barriers to finding good jobs in their communities.

In The Know: Workplace Accommodations – Low Cost, High Impact

March 8, 2016

Employers are often concerned with the costs of providing workplace accommodations. However, a study by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) found that such accommodations are low cost and have a big impact.

In the Know: Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

January 14, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

In the Know: Reasonable Accommodation - A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

December 17, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

He’s 28, on the autism spectrum, and just got a job with a large company in Silicon Valley.

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

People who are successful in work (and life) use the people who know them to open doors to jobs, careers, work experiences and opportunities.

In the Know: What Every Employer Needs to Know - Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

October 15, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: An Uneven Playing Field - The Lack of Equal Pay for People with Disabilities

August 27, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.