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.
Toolkits & Briefs
- Women In Government's Companion Toolkit: "State Strategies to Assist Employees with Mental Health and Substance Use Issues Stay At Work/Return To Work"
- SEED Info Brief: "Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work"
- Advancing Policy for a More Inclusive Workforce: March to Independence
- Advancing Policy for a More Inclusive Workforce: Transportation Challenges
- Click Here For Our Newest Podcast Episode: "Unseen But Heard: State Solutions to Non-Visible Disabilities in the Workplace" (Transcript)
- Moderator:Hawaii State Representative, Lauren MatsumotoPanelists:Illinois State Senator, Mattie HunterMaryland State Delegate, Sheree Sample-HughesSouth Dakota Board of Education Standards Member and former State Representative, Jacqueline SlyDescription: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.
- "Employer Perspectives for Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities" (Transcript)
- "Employability of People with Disabilities"
Disability & Employment - Policymaker Resources
Women In Government SEED Policy Roundtables
During 2016 we held two Policy Roundtables at our regional conference to provide our members the opportunity to discuss leverage points for positive policy and practice change in the area of employability of people with disabilities. Specifically, the session will elucidate which policies and/or practices are most promising, potentially problematic and what changes can be made to improve the execution of state actions.
The roundtable is designed to provide time, information, thought partners, and expert facilitation to assist members in identifying the salient and common issues around employability of people with disabilities as well as potential policies which can be introduced. Further, members had the opportunity to reflect on their own state policies and generate a set of recommendations and commitments to help move the most promising policies and practices forward.
Check out both agendas from the roundtables:
- Role of State Legislature in Supporting Career Readings and Employability of People with Disabilities
- Role of State Legislature in Enhancing Entrepreneurship, Tax Incentives, and Procurement Policy for Disability-Owned Businesses and Employers Hiring Individuals with Disabilities
- Role of State Legislature in Supporting Job Access by People with Disabilities through Transportation and Technology Policies
- Work Matters- A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities
- Emerging Disability Policy Framework