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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
 

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 sy

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 sy

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

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 organizat

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).

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

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

U.S. Department of Justice Releases Further Clarification on How the ADA and Olmstead Apply to Employment Services and Settings

November 4, 2016

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Justice released guidance on how the Integration Mandate of Title II of the ADA and the Olmstead decision are to be applied to state and local governments’ employment service systems.

New from the LEAD Center: Summary Review of the Final Rules Implementing Titles I and IV of WIOA, from a Disability Perspective

July 8, 2016

The LEAD Center is pleased to make available to you two policy briefs to provide a summary description from a disability perspective on the Final Rules implementing Title I and Title IV of WIOA.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 23, 2016

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans from California, Iowa, and North Carolina utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance effective and meaningful participation of youth and adults with

LEAD and DEI Partner to Discuss WIOA Section 188 Best Practices

March 9, 2016

The LEAD Center and Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) held a Peer Exchange to review and discuss Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

May 18, 2015

Earlier this month, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ (NAWDP) 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WIOA NPRMS Now Available

April 3, 2015

On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ODEP and LEAD Center’s Latest Report Highlights Employee Retention and Return-to-Work Best Practices

December 1, 2014

In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center released the report, “Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2014

This month, numerous organizations, agencies and individuals all across the country are joining together to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Advisory Committee to Increase Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Announced by US Labor Department

September 22, 2014

Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee due by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

U.S. DOL ETA to Host WIOA Stakeholder Consultation Webinars for Services to Individuals with Disabilities on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2

August 22, 2014

ETA is inviting state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customer and other stakeholders to participate in upcoming webinars to provide input on the implementation of the recently passed Workforce Innovation...

My Greatest Regret is Never Having Worn the Uniform

November 11, 2014

There is a lot of talk today about “1 percent of the population.” When most people hear that phrase, they immediately think of the smallest percentage of the population with the greatest wealth. They think of the ‘have’s’ vs. the ‘have not’s.’

Bring Your Whole Self...To the Job Search

October 29, 2014

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, speak on a number of different occasions over the years.

Advancing the Ideals of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

As we head into the final week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), much progress has been in the disability employment movement. Momentum is obviously on our side. But, that does not mean the road ahead will be easy or as fast...

Eight Actions You Can Consider to Support Youth and Adults with Disabilities in WIOA Implementation

October 14, 2014

President Obama signed the Workforce innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014.

In the Know: Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities - Critical Concerns, and Strategies to Success

September 15, 2014

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. In fact, in the United States, small businesses account for over 50 percent of all newly created jobs. While small businesses can provide excellent opportunities for millions of Americans,...

In the Know: Poverty and Opportunity Profile - Disability

August 14, 2014

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

In the Know: American Job Center

July 10, 2014

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

In the Know: Persons with Disabilities: Labor Force Characteristics Summary

June 19, 2014

Our nation's economy continues to improve, the overall unemployment rate continues to fall and businesses are hiring at rates near pre-Great Recession levels. Unfortunately, however, the employment situation for people with disabilities is largely...

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

May 21, 2014

Dedicated to advancing knowledge, policies and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities, Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute recently released this report to further examine inclusive workforce...

In the Know: Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch

April 8, 2014

This highly anticipated report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers exciting news about employment of persons with disabilities in the federal government.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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 sy

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 sy

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective

LEAD Center | February 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the NPRM implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a disability perspective.

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 organizat

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).

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

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

U.S. Department of Justice Releases Further Clarification on How the ADA and Olmstead Apply to Employment Services and Settings

November 4, 2016

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Justice released guidance on how the Integration Mandate of Title II of the ADA and the Olmstead decision are to be applied to state and local governments’ employment service systems.

New from the LEAD Center: Summary Review of the Final Rules Implementing Titles I and IV of WIOA, from a Disability Perspective

July 8, 2016

The LEAD Center is pleased to make available to you two policy briefs to provide a summary description from a disability perspective on the Final Rules implementing Title I and Title IV of WIOA.

LEAD Center Reviews Unified WIOA State Plans: What We Learned

March 23, 2016

LEAD Center staff reviewed state plans from California, Iowa, and North Carolina utilizing a guide we developed that identifies key areas for plan design and implementation to advance effective and meaningful participation of youth and adults with

LEAD and DEI Partner to Discuss WIOA Section 188 Best Practices

March 9, 2016

The LEAD Center and Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) held a Peer Exchange to review and discuss Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

LEAD Presents at 2015 NAWDP Conference

May 18, 2015

Earlier this month, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ (NAWDP) 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WIOA NPRMS Now Available

April 3, 2015

On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ODEP and LEAD Center’s Latest Report Highlights Employee Retention and Return-to-Work Best Practices

December 1, 2014

In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center released the report, “Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2014

This month, numerous organizations, agencies and individuals all across the country are joining together to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Advisory Committee to Increase Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Announced by US Labor Department

September 22, 2014

Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee due by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

U.S. DOL ETA to Host WIOA Stakeholder Consultation Webinars for Services to Individuals with Disabilities on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2

August 22, 2014

ETA is inviting state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customer and other stakeholders to participate in upcoming webinars to provide input on the implementation of the recently passed Workforce Innovation...

My Greatest Regret is Never Having Worn the Uniform

November 11, 2014

There is a lot of talk today about “1 percent of the population.” When most people hear that phrase, they immediately think of the smallest percentage of the population with the greatest wealth. They think of the ‘have’s’ vs. the ‘have not’s.’

Bring Your Whole Self...To the Job Search

October 29, 2014

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, speak on a number of different occasions over the years.

Advancing the Ideals of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

As we head into the final week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), much progress has been in the disability employment movement. Momentum is obviously on our side. But, that does not mean the road ahead will be easy or as fast...

Eight Actions You Can Consider to Support Youth and Adults with Disabilities in WIOA Implementation

October 14, 2014

President Obama signed the Workforce innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014.

In the Know: Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities - Critical Concerns, and Strategies to Success

September 15, 2014

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. In fact, in the United States, small businesses account for over 50 percent of all newly created jobs. While small businesses can provide excellent opportunities for millions of Americans,...

In the Know: Poverty and Opportunity Profile - Disability

August 14, 2014

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

In the Know: American Job Center

July 10, 2014

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

In the Know: Persons with Disabilities: Labor Force Characteristics Summary

June 19, 2014

Our nation's economy continues to improve, the overall unemployment rate continues to fall and businesses are hiring at rates near pre-Great Recession levels. Unfortunately, however, the employment situation for people with disabilities is largely...

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

May 21, 2014

Dedicated to advancing knowledge, policies and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities, Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute recently released this report to further examine inclusive workforce...

In the Know: Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch

April 8, 2014

This highly anticipated report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers exciting news about employment of persons with disabilities in the federal government.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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...

Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

March 2013 | Report/Brief

U.S. Census Bureau, March 2013 - The Disability Employment Tabulation, sponsored by ODEP and the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs, presents in-depth labor force characteristics of individuals with disabilities, with greater details on...

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

March 2013 | Report/Brief

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), March 2013. This issue brief summarizes the "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...

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

February 2013 | Report/Brief

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

Employer Resource Guide for Hiring and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

September 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) September 2012

The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce

May 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, May 2012. This report examines challenges faces by older works, how the U.S. public workforce system serves older workers.

The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This report examines how the population of job seekers with and without disabilities served through One-Stop Career Center (now known as American’s Job Centers or AJCs) changed during the recession.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

April 2011 | Report/Brief

While some businesses are apprehensive to employ people with disabilities, this publication provides a contrast, highlighting businesses and multi-billion corporations utilizing strategies to create a more inclusive workforce.

Fact Sheet: The Business case for Flexible Work Arrangements

January 2010 | Report/Brief

Urban Institute, 2010. This fact sheet aims to outline the documented positive effects on businesses when they provide their workers with options to work less or to have more discretion over when, where and how their work is done.

Creating a Roadmap Out of Poverty for Americans with Disabilities: The Relationship of the Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Development System and Local Asset-Building Coalitions

April 2009 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, April 2009 - This report analyzes research regarding best practices in asset development, as provided by American Job Centers (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers), disability...

Webinars

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."

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.

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LEAD On! Articles

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

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

News

LEAD Center Featured in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast on Employment & Workforce for People with Disabilities

May 31, 2013

LEAD Center, ODEP and DOL highlighted in a recent podcast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta featuring Michael Morris, LEAD Center policy team co-lead.

Theme Announced for 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

May 28, 2013

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

LEAD Center Public Policy Team Co-Lead Michael Morris Pens Blog Post on Workforce Development System Myths

May 24, 2013

Michael Morris, LEAD Center Public Policy Team co-lead, recently contributed a blog post to the ODEP Employment First ePolicyWorks space on Workforce Development System Myths.

LEAD Center Presents on Workplace Flexibility at NAWDP Conference

May 23, 2013

On May 21st, Barbara Wleklinski, LEAD Center Subject Matter Expert, and Elizabeth Jennings, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, led a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the Annual National Assiociation of Workforce...

Free Public Online Dialogue May 13-27 to Discuss Transition from School to Work of Youth with Disabilities

May 15, 2013

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities.

DiversityInc Announces Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Nine of the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities are members of USBLN®, a LEAD Center partner.

NAWDP Survey Reveals Desire for Training on Job Accommodation, Workplace Flexibility and Working with People with Hidden Disabilities

March 26, 2013

Learn more about a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a LEAD Center national partner, and what it revealed about training opportunities and possible barriers to employment for...

Workers with Disabilities Experience Lower Employment Rates and Lower Pay than Workers without Disabilities, Census Bureau Reports

March 15, 2013

People with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities, and when employed, they earn less than their colleagues without disabilities, according to the newly released U.S. Census Bureau's Community Survey.

A How to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

February 28, 2013

This U.S. News and World Report article provides resources and tips for jobseekers with disabilities and employers on what may be asked or revealed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the hiring and employment process.

Governors Pushed to Implement Jobs Programs for People with Disabilities

February 24, 2013

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the National Governors Association (NGA) chairman, told governors that the NGA will continue exploring ways states can work to develop programs for employing people with disabilities according to this Huffington Post...

Blogs

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.

In the Know - Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

July 30, 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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

The America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or...

Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success

May 28, 2015

What can we do? As parents, we’ve learned there are no guarantees and no magic solutions that work for everyone.

In the Know: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

May 21, 2015

May is Mental Health Month, an annual oberservance to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental health and individuals living with mental ill

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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.

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. This blog post features edited excerpts...

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

In the Know: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

February 12, 2015

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

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

December 12, 2014

Whether it employs thousands or just a few, an organization's workforce is its most valuable asset. So when unexpected injury or disability prevents an experienced, valued employee from working temporarily, employers may face difficult choices.

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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...

Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

March 2013 | Report/Brief

U.S. Census Bureau, March 2013 - The Disability Employment Tabulation, sponsored by ODEP and the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs, presents in-depth labor force characteristics of individuals with disabilities, with greater details on...

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

March 2013 | Report/Brief

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), March 2013. This issue brief summarizes the "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...

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

February 2013 | Report/Brief

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

Employer Resource Guide for Hiring and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

September 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) September 2012

The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce

May 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, May 2012. This report examines challenges faces by older works, how the U.S. public workforce system serves older workers.

The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This report examines how the population of job seekers with and without disabilities served through One-Stop Career Center (now known as American’s Job Centers or AJCs) changed during the recession.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

April 2011 | Report/Brief

While some businesses are apprehensive to employ people with disabilities, this publication provides a contrast, highlighting businesses and multi-billion corporations utilizing strategies to create a more inclusive workforce.

Fact Sheet: The Business case for Flexible Work Arrangements

January 2010 | Report/Brief

Urban Institute, 2010. This fact sheet aims to outline the documented positive effects on businesses when they provide their workers with options to work less or to have more discretion over when, where and how their work is done.

Creating a Roadmap Out of Poverty for Americans with Disabilities: The Relationship of the Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Development System and Local Asset-Building Coalitions

April 2009 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, April 2009 - This report analyzes research regarding best practices in asset development, as provided by American Job Centers (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers), disability...

Webinars

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."

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.

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LEAD On! Articles

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

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

News

LEAD Center Featured in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast on Employment & Workforce for People with Disabilities

May 31, 2013

LEAD Center, ODEP and DOL highlighted in a recent podcast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta featuring Michael Morris, LEAD Center policy team co-lead.

Theme Announced for 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

May 28, 2013

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

LEAD Center Public Policy Team Co-Lead Michael Morris Pens Blog Post on Workforce Development System Myths

May 24, 2013

Michael Morris, LEAD Center Public Policy Team co-lead, recently contributed a blog post to the ODEP Employment First ePolicyWorks space on Workforce Development System Myths.

LEAD Center Presents on Workplace Flexibility at NAWDP Conference

May 23, 2013

On May 21st, Barbara Wleklinski, LEAD Center Subject Matter Expert, and Elizabeth Jennings, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, led a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the Annual National Assiociation of Workforce...

Free Public Online Dialogue May 13-27 to Discuss Transition from School to Work of Youth with Disabilities

May 15, 2013

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities.

DiversityInc Announces Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Nine of the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities are members of USBLN®, a LEAD Center partner.

NAWDP Survey Reveals Desire for Training on Job Accommodation, Workplace Flexibility and Working with People with Hidden Disabilities

March 26, 2013

Learn more about a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a LEAD Center national partner, and what it revealed about training opportunities and possible barriers to employment for...

Workers with Disabilities Experience Lower Employment Rates and Lower Pay than Workers without Disabilities, Census Bureau Reports

March 15, 2013

People with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities, and when employed, they earn less than their colleagues without disabilities, according to the newly released U.S. Census Bureau's Community Survey.

A How to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

February 28, 2013

This U.S. News and World Report article provides resources and tips for jobseekers with disabilities and employers on what may be asked or revealed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the hiring and employment process.

Governors Pushed to Implement Jobs Programs for People with Disabilities

February 24, 2013

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the National Governors Association (NGA) chairman, told governors that the NGA will continue exploring ways states can work to develop programs for employing people with disabilities according to this Huffington Post...

Blogs

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.

In the Know - Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

July 30, 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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

The America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or...

Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success

May 28, 2015

What can we do? As parents, we’ve learned there are no guarantees and no magic solutions that work for everyone.

In the Know: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

May 21, 2015

May is Mental Health Month, an annual oberservance to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental health and individuals living with mental ill

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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.

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. This blog post features edited excerpts...

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

In the Know: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

February 12, 2015

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

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

December 12, 2014

Whether it employs thousands or just a few, an organization's workforce is its most valuable asset. So when unexpected injury or disability prevents an experienced, valued employee from working temporarily, employers may face difficult choices.

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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...

Disability Employment Tabulation: 2008-2010

March 2013 | Report/Brief

U.S. Census Bureau, March 2013 - The Disability Employment Tabulation, sponsored by ODEP and the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs, presents in-depth labor force characteristics of individuals with disabilities, with greater details on...

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

March 2013 | Report/Brief

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), March 2013. This issue brief summarizes the "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...

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

February 2013 | Report/Brief

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

Employer Resource Guide for Hiring and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

September 2012 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) September 2012

The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce

May 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, May 2012. This report examines challenges faces by older works, how the U.S. public workforce system serves older workers.

The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This report examines how the population of job seekers with and without disabilities served through One-Stop Career Center (now known as American’s Job Centers or AJCs) changed during the recession.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

April 2011 | Report/Brief

While some businesses are apprehensive to employ people with disabilities, this publication provides a contrast, highlighting businesses and multi-billion corporations utilizing strategies to create a more inclusive workforce.

Fact Sheet: The Business case for Flexible Work Arrangements

January 2010 | Report/Brief

Urban Institute, 2010. This fact sheet aims to outline the documented positive effects on businesses when they provide their workers with options to work less or to have more discretion over when, where and how their work is done.

Creating a Roadmap Out of Poverty for Americans with Disabilities: The Relationship of the Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Development System and Local Asset-Building Coalitions

April 2009 | Report/Brief

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, April 2009 - This report analyzes research regarding best practices in asset development, as provided by American Job Centers (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers), disability...

Webinars

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."

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.

  •  

LEAD On! Articles

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

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center Announces Final Rule of Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38)

December 21, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first legislative reform of the public workforce development system in more than 15 years.

LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations o

Department of Labor Launches New Technical Assistance Website

June 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS - the next generation, mobile-friendly, and accessible website that gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business...

News

LEAD Center Featured in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast on Employment & Workforce for People with Disabilities

May 31, 2013

LEAD Center, ODEP and DOL highlighted in a recent podcast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta featuring Michael Morris, LEAD Center policy team co-lead.

Theme Announced for 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

May 28, 2013

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task".

LEAD Center Public Policy Team Co-Lead Michael Morris Pens Blog Post on Workforce Development System Myths

May 24, 2013

Michael Morris, LEAD Center Public Policy Team co-lead, recently contributed a blog post to the ODEP Employment First ePolicyWorks space on Workforce Development System Myths.

LEAD Center Presents on Workplace Flexibility at NAWDP Conference

May 23, 2013

On May 21st, Barbara Wleklinski, LEAD Center Subject Matter Expert, and Elizabeth Jennings, LEAD Center Assistant Project Director, led a workshop titled "The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility" at the Annual National Assiociation of Workforce...

Free Public Online Dialogue May 13-27 to Discuss Transition from School to Work of Youth with Disabilities

May 15, 2013

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities.

DiversityInc Announces Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Nine of the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities are members of USBLN®, a LEAD Center partner.

NAWDP Survey Reveals Desire for Training on Job Accommodation, Workplace Flexibility and Working with People with Hidden Disabilities

March 26, 2013

Learn more about a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), a LEAD Center national partner, and what it revealed about training opportunities and possible barriers to employment for...

Workers with Disabilities Experience Lower Employment Rates and Lower Pay than Workers without Disabilities, Census Bureau Reports

March 15, 2013

People with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities, and when employed, they earn less than their colleagues without disabilities, according to the newly released U.S. Census Bureau's Community Survey.

A How to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

February 28, 2013

This U.S. News and World Report article provides resources and tips for jobseekers with disabilities and employers on what may be asked or revealed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the hiring and employment process.

Governors Pushed to Implement Jobs Programs for People with Disabilities

February 24, 2013

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the National Governors Association (NGA) chairman, told governors that the NGA will continue exploring ways states can work to develop programs for employing people with disabilities according to this Huffington Post...

Blogs

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.

In the Know - Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers

July 30, 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: America's Heroes at Work

June 5, 2015

The America's Heroes at Work project is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help address the employment challenges of our nation's service members and veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or...

Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success

May 28, 2015

What can we do? As parents, we’ve learned there are no guarantees and no magic solutions that work for everyone.

In the Know: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

May 21, 2015

May is Mental Health Month, an annual oberservance to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental health and individuals living with mental ill

In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

March 26, 2015

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.

WIOA: New Opportunities for People with Disabilities

March 20, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities to access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. This blog post features edited excerpts...

In the Know: Job Accommodation Network

February 26, 2015

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

In the Know: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

February 12, 2015

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

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

December 12, 2014

Whether it employs thousands or just a few, an organization's workforce is its most valuable asset. So when unexpected injury or disability prevents an experienced, valued employee from working temporarily, employers may face difficult choices.