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The State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED)

About SEED

States, along with local government, play a vital role in building a strong American workforce, one prepared to meet their employers' needs in an increasingly global economy. In that spirit, it is critical for state policymakers to create accessible and inclusive environments that promote greater workforce participation and employment success for all citizens, including people with disabilities.

Launched by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) is a unique state-federal collaboration that promotes the adoption of disability-inclusive state policy through an innovative partnership model.

Current SEED partners include:

  • Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC)
  • Council of State Governments (CSG)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)
  • Western Governors Association (WGA)
  • Women In Government (WIG)

Through collaboration with these partners, SEED helps state and local governments develop and implement meaningful policies and best practices that lead to increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and, by extension, a stronger, more inclusive workforce and economy.

Help Highlight Disability-Inclusive Employment Policies

Harness the Right Talent, Right Now: Disability Inclusion in Your State's Workforce Policy

Work Matters: A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities offers state policymakers 13 broad policy options, as well as more than 200 real-life examples of innovative programs and policies that states have successfully implemented to build strong, inclusive workforces.

Work Matters is a culmination of intensive deliberation and research conducted by the National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities, a SEED collaboration convened by CSG and NCSL. The report features bi-partisan and state-driven policy options that are actionable and have broad appeal to a wide number of stakeholders, all with an exceptional degree of customizability.

Among the state policy options, Work Matters identified stay-at-work/return-to-work (SAW/RTW) as a critical priority area. In response, SEED and CSG launched the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work State Policy Toolkit in a continued effort to support state-level SAW/RTW policy. This supplemental resource provides states with policy options, best practices, and implementation strategies to increase the retention of employees who become ill or injured while in the workforce.

Contact the SEED Team

The SEED team is here to help. Reach out to ODEP or one of its SEED partners for more information, including policy assistance and options to consider in addressing state workforce development for people with disabilities:

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