From January 26 to February 6, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting an online dialogue on families, disability, and postsecondary success. ODEP wants to hear the perspectives offamiliy members of young adults with disabilities enrolled in postsecondary education, including certifiate programs, apprenticeships, and community colleges, and and universities. Through this virtual town hall meeting, participants will be able to share their ideas and insights on ways that postsecondary institutions and other organizations can better assist families of young adults with disabilities support education and employment success.
ODEP will conduct the online dialogue via its web-based platform, ePolicyWorks. The discussion is part of an ongoing ODEP information-gathering series and approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.
The following topical discussions will take place in the late afternoon and evening (6-10 EST, 5-9 CST, 4-8 MST, 3-7 PST). ODEP will continue to take comments through February 11 on ALL topics.
- 1/28 - Building Self-Determination
Moderators: Maria Town, ODEP and Josie Badger, National RAISE Technical Assistance Center
- 1/29 - Preparing for Employment
Moderator: Curtis Richards, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth/Institute for Educational Leadership
- 2/2 - Access, Equity, and Academic Accommodations
Moderators: Nathan Cunningham, ODEP and Peg Kinsell, National Center for Parent Information at SPAN
- 2/3 - Using Technology
Moderator: Day al-Mohamed, ODEP
- 2/4 - Postsecondary Academics
Moderators: Sean Roy, PACER Center, Amy Pleet Odle, Inclusion Coach, and Josie Badger, National RAISE Technical Assistance Center
- 2/5 - Physical and Emotional Well Being
Moderators: Rhonda Basha, ODEP and Deborah Leuchovius, PACER Center