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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
 

Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities

September 2014 | Report/Brief | National Organization on Disability

Often, there is a disconnect on college campuses between career services

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.

A Comprehensive Approach To Transition

May 2014 | Tool/Manual | Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced this paper because they want to help people to work together to support the self- determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. Self-...

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...

The Disability System and Programs to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities

April 2013 | Report/Brief | IZA Journal of Labor Policy

This paper examines employment-focused interventions within the U.S. disability system, including the challenges of developing and implementing these types of initiatives.

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)

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

West Virginia University funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and...

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) is critical to achieving equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities -- and so are you.

Community of Practice Meeting Adult and Continuing Education: Options and Resources to Promote Inclusive Career Pathways and Employment Outcomes

October 9, 2018

All Career Pathways partners should be aware of the substantial resources and collaboration opportunities that exist in their regions with career, technical and adult education programs.

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).

Neurodiversity Brief: Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Centers on Supporting Autistic People and Others with Disabilities to Promote Successful Employment

December 10, 2018

This brief discusses actions that American Job Center (AJC) staff can take to make their services more accessible to autistic people and others with psychosocial, cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities (DD); this supports the crea

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

LEAD Center Releases Neurodiversity Brief

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center recently released the brief, Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Cen

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 6

September 26, 2018

As LEAD Center finishes its sixth year, we are proud of our many accomplishments.

LEAD Conference Update

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living, themed Mobilize: Resistance through Action.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 26, 2018

The official theme of the U.S.

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.

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

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

March 24, 2014

This 2013 webcast from JAN's Federal Winter Webcast Series Rewind provides a practical approach to processing requests for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. The step-by-step guide is easy to understand and can be used to examine requests....

In the Know: Leveling the Playing Field - Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities

February 25, 2014

This report stems from the work of The Conference Board Research Working Group on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities.

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

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

In the Know: StateData - The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

January 15, 2014

Federal and state policy have helped to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to have meaningful jobs in their communities, as well as a path out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

Workplace Flexibility Is Not Just a Reasonable Accommodation

December 31, 2013

When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, its guidance listed several examples of flexible workplace policies that an employer could consider when choosing a reasonable

In the Know: The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed

November 5, 2013

This issue brief, from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and written by the former NTAR Leadership Center, summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers w

Customized Employment Tactics: Increasing Employment Opportunities by Job Developing Up the Supply Chain

September 27, 2013

Customized Employment (CE) represents a new service strategy choice for American Job Centers (AJCs) and their vendors. CE represents an opportunity to better serve AJC customers with complex barriers to work.

In the Know: Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

September 5, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau's Disability Employment Tabulation – sponsored by the U.S.

In the Know: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

August 29, 2013

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities

September 2014 | Report/Brief | National Organization on Disability

Often, there is a disconnect on college campuses between career services

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.

A Comprehensive Approach To Transition

May 2014 | Tool/Manual | Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced this paper because they want to help people to work together to support the self- determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. Self-...

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...

The Disability System and Programs to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities

April 2013 | Report/Brief | IZA Journal of Labor Policy

This paper examines employment-focused interventions within the U.S. disability system, including the challenges of developing and implementing these types of initiatives.

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)

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

West Virginia University funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and...

Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

October 24, 2018

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) is critical to achieving equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities -- and so are you.

Community of Practice Meeting Adult and Continuing Education: Options and Resources to Promote Inclusive Career Pathways and Employment Outcomes

October 9, 2018

All Career Pathways partners should be aware of the substantial resources and collaboration opportunities that exist in their regions with career, technical and adult education programs.

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).

Neurodiversity Brief: Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Centers on Supporting Autistic People and Others with Disabilities to Promote Successful Employment

December 10, 2018

This brief discusses actions that American Job Center (AJC) staff can take to make their services more accessible to autistic people and others with psychosocial, cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities (DD); this supports the crea

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

LEAD Center Releases Neurodiversity Brief

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center recently released the brief, Building an Accessible Workforce Development System: Recommendations to American Job Cen

LEAD Center’s Top 10 Accomplishments in Year 6

September 26, 2018

As LEAD Center finishes its sixth year, we are proud of our many accomplishments.

LEAD Conference Update

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living, themed Mobilize: Resistance through Action.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 26, 2018

The official theme of the U.S.

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.

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

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

March 24, 2014

This 2013 webcast from JAN's Federal Winter Webcast Series Rewind provides a practical approach to processing requests for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. The step-by-step guide is easy to understand and can be used to examine requests....

In the Know: Leveling the Playing Field - Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities

February 25, 2014

This report stems from the work of The Conference Board Research Working Group on Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities.

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

February 12, 2014

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

In the Know: StateData - The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

January 15, 2014

Federal and state policy have helped to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to have meaningful jobs in their communities, as well as a path out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

Workplace Flexibility Is Not Just a Reasonable Accommodation

December 31, 2013

When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, its guidance listed several examples of flexible workplace policies that an employer could consider when choosing a reasonable

In the Know: The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed

November 5, 2013

This issue brief, from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and written by the former NTAR Leadership Center, summarizes the "The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers w

Customized Employment Tactics: Increasing Employment Opportunities by Job Developing Up the Supply Chain

September 27, 2013

Customized Employment (CE) represents a new service strategy choice for American Job Centers (AJCs) and their vendors. CE represents an opportunity to better serve AJC customers with complex barriers to work.

In the Know: Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

September 5, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau's Disability Employment Tabulation – sponsored by the U.S.

In the Know: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

August 29, 2013

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance...

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title I Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief
EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website
Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request...

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video
Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizations that

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals'

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting of the year on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

This spring, LEAD Center staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) piloted Guided Group Discovery (GGD) sessions with job seekers in Topeka, KS and Rockville, MD, and collaboratively with area American Job Centers (AJC) and vocational rehabilitation

LEAD Center Focuses on Youth in its "WIOA from a Disability Perspective" Webinar Series

June 30, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) places expanded emphasis on funding activities for youth, including in-school youth, out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support the 2015 National APSE Annual Conference

June 30, 2015

For the first time, the LEAD Center participated in the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-25, by providing two presentations on strategies to improve the employment

LEAD Center Launches Four-Part Webinar Series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Obama last July, maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market, and matches employers w

LEAD PEOPLE David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

March 31, 2015

David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability

Employment and Training Administration Releases a Training Employment Guidance Letter Concerning the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act

March 31, 2015

Consistent with the various timelines stipulated in WIOA, we can expect the release of related materials developed by various federal agencies and departments articulating how states should begin implementing the law. One such piece was recently r

FEATURED AGENCY Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) establishes several new and exciting mandates aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the American workforce.

LEAD Participates in Congressional Briefing on Disability Pay Gap

March 31, 2015

At a time when people with disabilities earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by people without disabilities, LEAD Assistant Project Director Elizabeth Jennings joined a panel of leading

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance...

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title I Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief
EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website
Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request...

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video
Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizations that

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals'

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting of the year on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

This spring, LEAD Center staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) piloted Guided Group Discovery (GGD) sessions with job seekers in Topeka, KS and Rockville, MD, and collaboratively with area American Job Centers (AJC) and vocational rehabilitation

LEAD Center Focuses on Youth in its "WIOA from a Disability Perspective" Webinar Series

June 30, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) places expanded emphasis on funding activities for youth, including in-school youth, out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support the 2015 National APSE Annual Conference

June 30, 2015

For the first time, the LEAD Center participated in the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-25, by providing two presentations on strategies to improve the employment

LEAD Center Launches Four-Part Webinar Series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Obama last July, maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market, and matches employers w

LEAD PEOPLE David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

March 31, 2015

David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability

Employment and Training Administration Releases a Training Employment Guidance Letter Concerning the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act

March 31, 2015

Consistent with the various timelines stipulated in WIOA, we can expect the release of related materials developed by various federal agencies and departments articulating how states should begin implementing the law. One such piece was recently r

FEATURED AGENCY Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) establishes several new and exciting mandates aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the American workforce.

LEAD Participates in Congressional Briefing on Disability Pay Gap

March 31, 2015

At a time when people with disabilities earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by people without disabilities, LEAD Assistant Project Director Elizabeth Jennings joined a panel of leading

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

LEAD Center Review of Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans for Iowa, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Tennessee, utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance...

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title I Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)

LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
LEAD Center

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development...

EARN Policy Brief Summarizing NRPM on Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Government

February 2016 | Report/Brief
EARN: Employer Assistance and Resource Network

This policy brief from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) summarizes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC).

2015 Workforce Recruitment Program

Website
Departments of Defense and Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their...

American Job Center

Website

The American Job Center Network provides a single, 24-7 access point for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to help them gain skills in growing industries.

Living with HIV: ADA Rights of HIV-Positive Employees

Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected against workplace discrimination and harrasment regarding their condition, afforded workplace privacy rights and may have legal rights to request...

Work Early, Work Often Video Series

November 2015 | Video
Youth Transitions Collaborative

The video series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in the transition to adulthood and was created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of more than 45 organizations that

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

June 30, 2015

LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals'

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting of the year on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Guided Group Discovery Pilots in Maryland and Kansas

June 30, 2015

This spring, LEAD Center staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) piloted Guided Group Discovery (GGD) sessions with job seekers in Topeka, KS and Rockville, MD, and collaboratively with area American Job Centers (AJC) and vocational rehabilitation

LEAD Center Focuses on Youth in its "WIOA from a Disability Perspective" Webinar Series

June 30, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) places expanded emphasis on funding activities for youth, including in-school youth, out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support the 2015 National APSE Annual Conference

June 30, 2015

For the first time, the LEAD Center participated in the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-25, by providing two presentations on strategies to improve the employment

LEAD Center Launches Four-Part Webinar Series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Obama last July, maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market, and matches employers w

LEAD PEOPLE David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

March 31, 2015

David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability

Employment and Training Administration Releases a Training Employment Guidance Letter Concerning the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act

March 31, 2015

Consistent with the various timelines stipulated in WIOA, we can expect the release of related materials developed by various federal agencies and departments articulating how states should begin implementing the law. One such piece was recently r

FEATURED AGENCY Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) establishes several new and exciting mandates aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the American workforce.

LEAD Participates in Congressional Briefing on Disability Pay Gap

March 31, 2015

At a time when people with disabilities earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by people without disabilities, LEAD Assistant Project Director Elizabeth Jennings joined a panel of leading