Inclusion Drives Innovation
IMPAQ International is proud to support this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), whose theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” Held each October since 1945, NDEAM’s goals are to educate the public about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), but its true spirit lies in the many observances by individuals and businesses across the nation every year.
At IMPAQ, we are working to improve the employment of people with disabilities.
IMPAQ facilitated and supported the ODEP Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative in developing policies, programs, and practices that encourage the continued employment of workers likely to leave the workforce due to injury, serious illness, or disability.
Through expert-led virtual Policy Work Groups (PWGs) and a vibrant Community of Practice, the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative shared information and resources among a large and varied group of stakeholders, and produced recommendations for employment programs and policies that promote not only the workforce participation, but also the workforce attachment of individuals with disabilities.
You can find the many policy products and other resources produced by the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative here.
IMPAQ recently completed an evaluation of the Accessibility of American Job Centers (AJCs) for people with disabilities for the U.S. Department of Labor. The purpose of this project was to develop information to help improve the provision of services to people with disabilities. Using Item Response Theory and a standard setting process, IMPAQ developed accessibility measures to assess the physical, communications, and programmatic accessibility of the nation’s AJC system to people with disabilities. A second phase of the study investigated the operation of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program by Employment Networks (ENs) in the public workforce system and by non-workforce ENs.
- New Directions in Solvency for Social Security Disability Programs: Where will we go from here? (lessons from the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative) and
- The Customer Experience in Employment Services (findings from IMPAQ’s AJC Accessibility Study).
Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.