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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
 

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 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

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

April 23, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

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

February 28, 2017

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

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

April 29, 2015

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

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: 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 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

White House Hosts Summit on Disability and Employment

March 31, 2015

On February 3rd, the Obama Administration hosted the "Summit on Disability and Employment.” Focused on providing businesses, advocates and the general public with information on new and existing federal resources to improve employment opportunitie

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American Corporation

December 21, 2014

Successful companies work to maintain the productivity and health of their workforce, which includes providing accommodations for older workers and people with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support Be the Future TASH Conference

December 21, 2014

For nearly 40 years, LEAD Center’s partner, TASH, has provided annual TASH Conferences to “impact the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability

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...

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.

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.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
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 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

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

April 23, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

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

February 28, 2017

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

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

April 29, 2015

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

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: 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 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

White House Hosts Summit on Disability and Employment

March 31, 2015

On February 3rd, the Obama Administration hosted the "Summit on Disability and Employment.” Focused on providing businesses, advocates and the general public with information on new and existing federal resources to improve employment opportunitie

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look Inside an Exemplary American Corporation

December 21, 2014

Successful companies work to maintain the productivity and health of their workforce, which includes providing accommodations for older workers and people with disabilities.

LEAD Center Presentations Support Be the Future TASH Conference

December 21, 2014

For nearly 40 years, LEAD Center’s partner, TASH, has provided annual TASH Conferences to “impact the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability

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...

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.

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.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

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

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

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

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

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief
Mathematica

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

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

January 2014 | Report/Brief

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

Fact Sheet: Flexible Work Arrangements

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Report/Brief

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

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Presentation

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

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Website

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

Webinars

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

April 23, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

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

February 28, 2017

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

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

April 29, 2015

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

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: 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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Policy Updates

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

February 27, 2015

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

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

February 27, 2015

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

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

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

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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LEAD On! Articles

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...

LEAD Center Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System

June 30, 2016

In recognition of Financial Capability Month in April, a LEAD Center webinar, Financial Literacy and the W

LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies

June 30, 2016

Originally founded during the Great Depression, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) brings together state administrators of the publicly-funded workforce system.

News

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

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

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

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

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

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

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

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

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

April 15, 2014

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

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

February 12, 2014

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

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

January 10, 2014

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

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

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

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

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

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

August 30, 2013

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

Blogs

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

March 8, 2016

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

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

January 14, 2016

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

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

December 17, 2015

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

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

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

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

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

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

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

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

October 15, 2015

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

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

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

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

August 27, 2015

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

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.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

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

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

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

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

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief
Mathematica

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

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

January 2014 | Report/Brief

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

Fact Sheet: Flexible Work Arrangements

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Report/Brief

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

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Presentation

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

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Website

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

Webinars

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

April 23, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

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

February 28, 2017

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

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

April 29, 2015

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

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: 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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Policy Updates

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

February 27, 2015

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

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

February 27, 2015

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

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

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

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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LEAD On! Articles

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...

LEAD Center Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System

June 30, 2016

In recognition of Financial Capability Month in April, a LEAD Center webinar, Financial Literacy and the W

LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies

June 30, 2016

Originally founded during the Great Depression, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) brings together state administrators of the publicly-funded workforce system.

News

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

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

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

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

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

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

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

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

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

April 15, 2014

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

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

February 12, 2014

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

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

January 10, 2014

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

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

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

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

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

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

August 30, 2013

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

Blogs

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

March 8, 2016

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

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

January 14, 2016

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

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

December 17, 2015

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

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

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

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

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

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

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

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

October 15, 2015

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

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

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

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

August 27, 2015

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

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.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Pathways TO Employment and OUT of Poverty

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | December 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

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

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

LEAD Center | October 2014 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

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

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

September 2014 | Report/Brief
United States Department of Labor

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

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

August 2014 | Report/Brief
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

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

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Disabilities

April 2014 | Report/Brief
Mathematica

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

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

January 2014 | Report/Brief

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

Fact Sheet: Flexible Work Arrangements

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Report/Brief

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

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

LEAD Center | July 2013 | Presentation

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

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Website

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

Webinars

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

April 23, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2015

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

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

February 28, 2017

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

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

April 29, 2015

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

WIOA From a Disability Perspective: 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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Policy Updates

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

February 27, 2015

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

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

February 27, 2015

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

New Guide on Mental Health Parity in Workplaces

February 27, 2015

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

Briefing on Earnings Disparity for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

WIOA Advisory Committee Named

January 30, 2015

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

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

January 30, 2015

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

  •  

LEAD On! Articles

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...

LEAD Center Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System

June 30, 2016

In recognition of Financial Capability Month in April, a LEAD Center webinar, Financial Literacy and the W

LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies

June 30, 2016

Originally founded during the Great Depression, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) brings together state administrators of the publicly-funded workforce system.

News

President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

July 22, 2014

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

Congress Approves Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 9, 2014

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

Bipartisan Agreement Reached to Reauthorize WIA

May 23, 2014

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

LEAD Center Presents at 2014 NAWDP Conference

May 16, 2014

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

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

April 15, 2014

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

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

February 12, 2014

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

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

January 10, 2014

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

October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

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

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

September 10, 2013

Recently, Vice President Biden announced two 

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

August 30, 2013

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

Blogs

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

March 8, 2016

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

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

January 14, 2016

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

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

December 17, 2015

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

In the Know: Return to Work Programs

November 12, 2015

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

My Son is a Public Policy Success

October 29, 2015

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

It’s All About Who You Know!

October 21, 2015

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

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

October 15, 2015

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

In the Know: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

September 24, 2015

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

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

August 27, 2015

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

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.