State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED)

What is SEED?

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) collaborates with Women In Government and other state-based organizations through the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. SEED works with state legislators to effectively address barriers that may hinder successful long-term employment and economic security for these constituents. Through these collaborations, SEED ensures that state policymakers have the tools and resources they need to develop strategies that build a disability-inclusive workforce. Read more about SEED here

SEED COVID-19 Policy Collaborative for an Inclusive Recovery Resources


Summer Summit Session: Post-Secondary Education to Inclusive and Equitable Workforce Readiness

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Toolkits, Briefs, ADA Anniversary, National Disabaility Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM - October) Resources


Check Out WIG's Latest SEED Podcast!

"Increasing Access & Opportunity: 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act" (Transcript)

Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino
Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and founder of the Special Needs Caucus
Bobby Silverstein J.D., Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC and Legislative Counsel, State Exchange on Employment and Disability or (SEED)
Nadia Mossburg, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
It’s been an incredible 30 years of breaking down barriers and striving for equality in employment, education, and public access for people with disabilities. The ADA remains a crucial tool in addressing persistent discrimination, and new barriers, like inaccessible websites, online systems, mobile apps, and other forms of information and communication technology. Learn how policymakers are continuing to shape the next 30 years to ensure that their constituents with disabilities have access to opportunities and workplace success.
Hawaii State Representative Lauren Matsumoto
Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter
Maryland State Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes
Jacqueline Sly, South Dakota Board of Education Standards Member and former State Representative 
In this episode, policymakers discuss state and community strategies that improve employment outcomes for people with "invisible disabilities", those that go undetected by the naked eye.
Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes
Tennessee State Senator Becky Massey
Kathy Burris, CVS Health Workforce Initiatives Manager
Mark Seifarth, Immediate Past Chair of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and Consultant, Ohio Values and Faith Alliance
Join Moderator and Maryland Delegate, Sheree Sample-Hughes, as we find out some effective employer policies and practices for recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities. In the latest episode, we find out it's really about a person’s ability, not disability.
Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes
Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser
Dr. Joe Ashley, Assistant Commissioner for Grants and Special Programs, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Director for Virginia’s Rehabilitation Services Administration funded Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities Project
Judy Mortrude, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Dr. Scott Solberg, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University
Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes
Tennessee Senator Becky Massey
Kyle Ingram, Disabilities Employment Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Bobby Silverstein J.D., Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC and Legislative Counsel, State Exchange on Employment and Disability or (SEED)

Women In Government SEED Policy Roundtables

In 2016, WIG convened two Policy Roundtables at our regional conferences to provide members opportunities to discuss leverage points for positive policy and practice change in the area of employability of people with disabilities. Specifically, these sessions elucidated which policies and/or practices are most promising, potentially problematic, and what changes could be made to improve the execution of state actions. 

Further, members reflected on their own state policies and generated a set of recommendations and commitments to help move the most promising policies and practices forward.

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