Washington, DC – A new memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living will continue to jointly expand and promote competitive, integrated employment as the first employment option for individuals with significant disabilities.
Together, the agencies will leverage the knowledge and expertise of a broader network of advocates and service providers. The combined network includes area agencies on aging, centers for independent living, aging and disability resource centers, state developmental disability councils, protection and advocacy agencies and university centers of excellence in developmental disabilities, and a variety of community organizations.
“This agreement solidifies our continued collaboration with the Administration for Community Living to align policy, practice, and funding toward outcomes related to competitive, integrated employment, independent living, and optimal socioeconomic advancement for individuals with disabilities,” said Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policies.
“Integrated, competitive employment is central to community living and full participation in all aspects of our society. We are proud to work with ODEP to improve the opportunities for people with disabilities to contribute their talents and skills to the American workforce,” said Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living.