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LEAD Center's LEAD On! E-Newsletter - Issue 12

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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 12
Sep 2015

In This Issue

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Releases Interim Report

LEAD Center Presents at Three National Conferences

Historic Department of Justice’s Settlement with Oregon Phases Out Sheltered Workshops

LEAD Center Addresses Employers in St. Louis, MO about Hiring People with Disabilities

The LEAD Center and Griffin Hammis Associates Launch New Training on Self-Guided Discovery

New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

Louisville’s Financial Empowerment Integration Fall Convening

LEAD People: Tami Hoar, Montana Independent Living Project, Program Director

LEAD Partners: Montana Independent Living Project

Important New Resources

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October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The official theme of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October is "My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am." National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America's workers with disabilities, past and present.

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Office of Disability Employment Policy and National LEAD Center to Launch Employment First Web Platform

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the National LEAD Center, is launching a new Internet-based platform on Thursday, October 1. This platform provides a unique comprehensive resource for policy-makers, researchers, and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First.

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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Releases Interim Report

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) recently released its interim report. ACICIEID, created through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), is comprised of both federal officials and private citizens, in accordance with the stipulation in WIOA.

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LEAD Center Presents at Three National Conferences

LEAD Center presented at three different national conferences in the last few months: the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Equal Opportunity Committee Meeting, the 2015 HCBS National Conference and the NCIL Conference.

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Historic Department of Justice’s Settlement with Oregon Phases Out Sheltered Workshops

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a proposed settlement agreement earlier this month with Oregon that provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who currently work in sheltered workshops in the state, with the support to achieve competitive integrated employment in their communities during the next seven years. Oregon also will no longer fund sheltered workshop placements for transition-age youth and working-age adults who are newly eligible for state-funded employment assistance.

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LEAD Center Addresses Employers in St. Louis, MO about Hiring People with Disabilities

LEAD Center’s Employment Policy Advisor, Lisa Stern, was invited to give the keynote address at Accommodation for Success, a seminar for employers held by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event brought together more than 100 human resource representatives from approximately 60 businesses in Missouri to learn about the challenges that people with disabilities face in the job market, as well as the many solutions that can be implemented.

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LEAD Center and Griffin Hammis Associates Launch New Training on Self-Guided Discovery

LEAD Center, in partnership with Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, recently launched a pilot program offering training and on-site technical assistance on Self-Guided Discovery to assist American Job Center (AJC) staff and their partners to learn and utilize this Customized Employment technique. Self-Guided Discovery is an assessment process that takes inventory of a person’s skills, interests, experiences, relationships, etc. to create a positive personal employment profile.

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New LEAD Paper: Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers State Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local American Job Centers (AJCs) the opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that youth and adults, with and without disabilities, have the chance to develop critical financial literacy and financial capability skills to enhance their ability to attain and maintain employment, leading to economic stability. A new LEAD Center paper, Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Investment System, discusses why and how WIBs and AJCs should capitalize on this opportunity.

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Louisville’s Financial Empowerment Integration Fall Convening

On September 18, LEAD Staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the Workforce Development and Financial Empowerment Integration Fall Convening, hosted by Bank on Louisville. The meeting brought together 50 professionals (services providers, bankers, and community change agents) in a room surrounded by posters displaying individuals with disabilities who have improved their financial capability through the efforts of the Workforce Development and Financial Empowerment Integration workgroup.

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LEAD PEOPLE
Tami Hoar, Montana Independent Living Project, Program Director

Photo of Tami HoarTami Hoar has a background of working with people with disabilities in a variety of venues. She is currently the Montana Independent Living Project’s (MILP) Program Director, responsible for monitoring and reporting for all grants and program funds and supervising staff, as well as overseeing the Self-Directed Personal Assistance Program (SDPAS). Prior to coming to MILP, Tami was the Elder Services Specialist for the Belmont Senior Center. While there, she concurrently served as director of the Advocacy Program, a mentoring program for adults with developmental disabilities, for many years.

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LEAD PARTNERS

Montana Independent Living Project

Montana Independent Living Project LogoMontana Independent Living Project (MILP) is a not-for-profit agency providing services that promote independence for people with disabilities living in southwestern Montana. MILP supports the development and expansion of community-based services that directly facilitate independence, productivity and quality of life for people with disabilities. The organization provides information and referral, independent living skills training, individual, group and peer advocacy. MILP is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of at least 51 percent of people with disabilities.

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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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