ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic
To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors five research and technical assistance resources. One of these is the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center). The LEAD Center is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations led by National Disability Institute. The LEAD Center is dedicated to advancing sustainable individual and systems-level change to improve competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for adults across the spectrum of disabilities.
The LEAD Center's work focuses on three core leadership areas: policy, employment and economic advancement. Recent LEAD Center activities include:
- September edition of LEAD Center Employment, Health Care & Disability Policy Update The September edition of this monthly update features stories on CMS guidance to states on transition plans for HCBS, new requirements under WIOA to promote integrated employment and divert youth from automatically being place in sheltered workshops, a new report on promoting employment for people with mental illness, and much more.
- The final LEAD Center webinar for Year Two
This webinar was held on September 24, 2014 and focused on strategic partnerships between Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and American Job Centers (AJCs).
- LEAD Center hosted a webinar in September 2014 for National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) members on Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities.
LEAD Center Webinar Series
The webinar series for Year Three will launch in January 2015, and includes three mini series: economic advancement (January - April), employment (May - July) and leadership (August - October). All webinars are live captioned and archived with a transcript on the LEAD Center website and the LEAD Center YouTube Channel.
Upcoming LEAD Center Webinars include: