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LEAD Center's LEAD On! E-Newsletter - Issue 13

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LEAD Center LEAD On!
Welcome to LEAD On!, the LEAD Center's quarterly e-newsletter. LEAD On! highlights news and innovations in employment, policy and economic advancement for people with disabilities. The LEAD Center  is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations led by National Disability Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The LEAD Center is dedicated to advancing sustainable individual and systems-level change to improve competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for people across the spectrum of disabilities. Interested in receiving LEAD On! every quarter? Don't miss an issue! Sign up today!

Issue 13
DEC 2015

In This Issue

LEAD Center Presents at Two National Conferences and One Regional Institute

ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

LEAD Hosts “Disability, Employment, and Lane v. Brown” Webinar

WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

The CMS HCBS Final Rule and First Steps toward Supporting “Control of Personal Resources”

LEAD People: Danielle Smith, State Equal Opportunity Officer - Missouri Division of Workforce Development-DED

LEAD Partners: National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Important New Resources

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LEAD Center Presents at Two National Conferences and One Regional Institute

LEAD Center staff presented at three conferences during the past few months: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Youth Symposium and APSE’s inaugural Regional Institute, both in November; and the national TASH conference in December.

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ODEP Partners with LEAD Center and Social Dynamics to Launch Employment First Website

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the LEAD Center and Social Dynamics LLC, launched a new website, intended to serve as the go-to resource for Employment First information. This website provides unique, comprehensive data sets and information for policymakers, researchers, and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First.

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Not-to-Be-Missed New Resources on Implementing Employment First

The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center are pleased to have released three Employment First Technical Briefs that are “must-reads” for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency:

  • Technical Brief #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts
  • Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities
  • Technical Brief #3: Criteria for Performance Excellence in Employment First State Systems Change & Provider Transformation
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Section 188: A Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide. Authored by the LEAD Center, with input and guidance from multiple federal agencies, this Guide provides updated information and examples to help American Job Centers (AJCs) meet the nondiscrimination and accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities in Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents an opportunity for federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources for jobseekers with disabilities. On September 30th, the LEAD Center held a virtual Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium, comprised of more than 20 federally-funded TA Centers and their funding agencies, to discuss effective knowledge translation approaches that support people with disabilities in WIOA implementation.

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LEAD Hosts “Disability, Employment, and Lane v. Brown” Webinar

On October 22nd the LEAD Center hosted a webinar titled “Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown.” Moderated by Serena Lowe, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the webinar included presenters from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), along with additional experts from United Cerebral Palsy Oregon and SW Washington and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

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WIOA Update: Submission of Unified/Combined State Plans

As the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) continues its process of implementation, there are many important aspects that states should be currently preparing for, including the submittal of their Unified or Combined State Plan. These required State Plans, due no later than March 3, 2016, act to create accountability within any given state to ensure cross-agency and cross-program collaboration, particularly with respect to the state’s six core programs:

  • Adult Program (Title I)
  • Dislocated Worker Program (Title I)
  • Youth Program (Title I)
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program (Title II)
  • Wagner-Peyser Services Program (Title III)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Title IV)
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The CMS HCBS Final Rule and First Steps toward Supporting “Control of Personal Resources”

Many individuals with disabilities have never managed their own money, created a budget, opened a savings or checking account, applied for an assistive technology loan or understand how to build assets. The CMS Final Home and Community-Based Services Regulations (CMS HCBS Final Rule) recognizes this gap in knowledge and provides guidance to states that they must provide a range of services to people with disabilities to include providing opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, and control personal resources.

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LEAD PEOPLE
Danielle Smith, State Equal Opportunity Officer - Missouri Division of Workforce Development-DED

Photo of Danielle SmithDanielle Smith is the State of Missouri WIA Equal Opportunity Officer. Danielle has been in this position since 2012. Prior to this position, Danielle was Regional Coordinator for the Division of Workforce Development. Her position includes oversight responsibility for coordinating, implementing, maintaining and monitoring the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) federal regulations.

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LEAD PARTNERS

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Montana Independent Living Project LogoNational Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). NTACT’s mission is to ensure full implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by helping youth with disabilities and their families to achieve desired post-school outcomes, and through helping states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services and outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Learn more about National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Important New Resources

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The LEAD Center e-newsletter is produced by National Disability Institute with funding by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant #OD-23863-12-75-4-11. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office on Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of organizations, trade names or commercial products imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

NDI's LEAD Center Team: Rebecca Salon, Project Director; Elizabeth Jennings, Assistant Project Director, Training & Technical Assistance Team Lead; Michael Morris, Public Policy Team Co-Lead; Ari Ne'eman, Public Policy Team Co-Lead; Kathy Brannigan, Nakia MatthewsDominic Manecke, Communications Team; Brittany Taylor, Project Coordinator; Laurie Schaller, Lisa Stern, Training and Technical Assistance Team; Christopher Rodriguez, Public Policy Team.







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