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LEAD Center

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.
  • Employment First Website — Funded by ODEP, this new web platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policy-makers, researchers, and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First.

Latest edition of LEAD On! — This quarterly newsletter highlights news and innovations in employment, policy and economic advancement for people with disabilities. The latest issue contains articles on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Releases Interim Report, Historic Department of Justice Settlement with Oregon Phases Out Sheltered Workshops, plus much more.

LEAD Center Webinar Series
The entire LEAD four-part webinar series, WIOA from a Disability Perspective, is now available on the LEAD Center website: WIOA from a Disability Perspective: An Overview - Part 1 of 4; WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process - Part 2 of 4; Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services - Part 3 of 4; and Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of 4. 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: