To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors five policy development 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. LEAD Center resources include:
- DRIVE Website This web platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policy-makers, researchers, and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First.
- LEAD News View the LEAD On! quarterly newsletter, policy updates, and more.
- LEAD Webinars Learn about upcoming webinars and view the webinar archives.