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


Toolkits & Briefs


Podcasts

  

Maryland Delegate, Sheree Sample-Hughes
Panelists:
Tennessee Senator, Becky Duncan Massey
CVS Health Workforce Initiatives, Manager Kathy Burris
Immediate past chair of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and consultant, Ohio Values and Faith Alliance, Mark Seifarth
Description:
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
Panelists:
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, Dr. Joa Ashley
Senior policy analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at The Center for Law and Social Policy, Judy Mortude
Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University, Dr. Scott Solberg
Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes
Panelists:
Tennessee Senator Becky Duncan Massey
Disabilities employment policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures and a team member of the State Exchange on Employment and Disability Kyle Ingram
Principal in the law firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC and team member of the State Exchange on Employment and Disability Bobby Silverstein

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:

Roundtable Discussion:


Additional Resources