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Meet the Hosts of the COVID-19 Workforce Recovery: State & Local Disability-Inclusive Policies & Practices

The US Department of Labor' Office Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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.

SEED’s novel approach to addressing workforce development policy includes partnering with organizations that represent state and local policymakers and designing customizable options that account for state-driven interests and stakeholder needs on priority issues related to disability employment.

ePolicyWorks, launched by ODEP, is a Web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.

Participants in the ePolicyWorks initiative benefit from a variety of online tools and features to help them stay informed, build relationships and partner on important policy developments. One of these key features is the ePolicyWorks online dialogues. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. They enable ODEP to work with their partners to enlist the public's input on key policy issues related to the employment of people with disabilities by channeling the brainpower of our federal partners, nonprofits, NGOs and other stakeholders. To learn more about past ePolicyWorks dialogues, visit https://epolicyworks.ideascale.com/a/pages/epwdialoguelibrary.