The task force is designed to help state leaders identify and address barriers to employment.
The Council of State Governments (CSG), in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, organized the National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities. The task force is designed to help state leaders identify barriers to employment at the state level and provide them with policy recommendations to address those barriers. Advocates, professionals, and elected officials from across the country serve on the task force.
Mary Durheim, TCDD Chair, was invited to serve on the task force’s Career Readiness and Employability Subcommittee. The subcommittee is working to identify how state governments can impact the delivery of effective and meaningful education and training for people with disabilities.
“It has been an honor to serve on this subcommittee and to be part of this effort to improve education, transition, and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities,” said Chair Durheim. “The subcommittee has been working diligently to develop policy recommendations designed to ensure that individuals with disabilities are included in career readiness and skill development programs.”
The task force includes three other subcommittees: Hiring, Retention and Re-entry; Entrepreneurship and Tax Incentives; and Technology, Transportation and Other Employment Supports. This spring, the task force and subcommittees held meetings in Chicago and Washington, DC to develop and review policy options that states could consider to improve workforce development for people with disabilities. The task force’s final report will be presented on December 8 during the 2016 CSG National Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
This effort is sponsored by the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.