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The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) was founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), a non-profit organization. AAAED is the longest-standing national civil rights organization of professionals who engage in leading, directing and managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and other human resource programs.

Alliance Activities

  • Share expertise and information on hiring, advancing and retaining workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. 
  • Promote and disseminate information about ODEP resources, such as the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-YOUTH) to AAAED members.
  • Build awareness and use of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) as a hiring tool for AAAED members.
  • Develop and publicize resources on the value of hiring and retaining talented workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. Such resources might include, but are not limited to, how-to-guides and other educational materials, success stories and case studies developed collaboratively or by individual parties.
  • Identify emerging issues to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources, and determine how best to communicate relevant and useful information related to these issues.
  • Speak, exhibit and/or appear at mutually agreed upon ODEP and AAAED events.
  • As appropriate, convene and/or participate in membership meetings focused on forging innovative strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting job candidates and employees with disabilities.
  • Provide technical assistance to employers and employees regarding replicable disability employment strategies, policies and effective practices.
  • Participate in meetings and/or discussions with representatives from other ODEP Alliances to exchange information on various disability employment issues that are being addressed and to explore opportunities for additional collaborative activities.
  • Carry out other activities, as mutually agreed upon, that promote the hiring, advancement and retention of individuals with disabilities. 

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