Expanding Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

There is no “one size fits all” approach or solution when it comes to addressing the challenges associated with obtaining meaningful employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Apprenticeships are often overlooked when it comes to transition planning for individuals with IDD. In collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) and Women In Government hosted a virtual discussion during its Summer Summit Series on the role of inclusive apprenticeships in providing career pathways for people with disabilities at a time when education, training and other workforce entry programs are adjusting to a post-COVID environment. Moderated by Virginia State Delegate Kathy Tran, the session included presentations from the Urban Institute and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. A recording of the webinar, titled “Post-Secondary Education to Inclusive and Equitable Workforce Readiness,” is now available to view.

ODEP’s State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) is a unique state-federal collaboration that supports state and local governments in adopting and implementing inclusive policies and best practices that lead to increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and a stronger, more inclusive American workforce and economy. To learn more about SEED and advocacy specific to addressing workforce issues for people with disabilities visit:

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