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Employment Programs for People with Disabilities

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Labor , Office Of Disability Employment Policy
CFDA #: 17.720

Program accomplishments...

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has been instrumental in the recognition of the skills and abilities that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. It operates three toll-free and/or electronic services: The Job Accommodation Network, which provides information on workplace accommodations and on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Employer Assistance Referral Network that brings together employers seeking to hire people with disabilities with providers who have qualified candidates; and the Small Business and Self-Employment Service that provides resources for individuals with disabilities who seek to go into business for themselves. The ODEP has expanded its Business Leadership Network (BLN), a program now active in more than 30 States. The BLN is designed to stimulate best disability employment practices to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workforce. The ODEP has also expanded its Project EMPLOY projects that work to provide work and career opportunities to people with severe cognitive disabilities. With the Department of Defense, the ODEP sponsors the Workforce Recruitment Program that recruits college students with disabilities nationwide primarily for summer, but also for permanent, positions in the Federal and private sectors. The ODEP also provides leadership and guidance to State, local and private sector partners for the establishment of High School/High Tech (HS/HT) and Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) programs in local communities. HS/HT encourages students with disabilities to consider careers in engineering science and high technology fields. YLF provides leadership and citizenship opportunities for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. The ODEP develops information, printed materials, a website, and tailored outreach programs that provide technical assistance to individuals, employers, and various organizations seeking to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.