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The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

In Focus

September marks the anniversary of one of the most inspirational moments in sports history: Jim Abbott’s no-hitter. In 1993 the world stopped and took notice of this talented one-handed pitcher. Now, 15 years later, Jim is partnering with the Department of Labor to raise awareness about the talents of people with disabilities. In Jim’s view, "It’s similar to how coaches looked at me when I was growing up, to see what I could do and not what I couldn’t."

Learn more about Jim and what he’s doing.
Jim Abbott


Workers with Disabilities: Talent for a Winning Team - September 2008

Morgan J - Success through an Individual Learning Program

Image of Morgan J. sitting in front of a school library computer workstationUncertain of her career interests and higher education goals, Morgan J. began exploring possible career options as early as 8th grade and while attending Anacoco High School in Anacoco, Louisiana. It was during this time that she began to work with her teacher to develop an Individual Learning Program (ILP), which provided her with comprehensive career planning and work-based learning opportunities.

Read more (Talent for a Winning Team)


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America's Heroes! America's Best!

When military personnel transition to civilian employment, America's businesses stand to benefit. Across industries, veterans are a ready source of qualified, committed job candidates with transferable skills proven in real world situations. They grasp new concepts quickly and work well both independently and as part of a team - highly prized skills in the 21st Century workplace.

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 National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster released for distribution

NDEAM poster


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Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announces theme for the
2008 National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

America’s People…
      America’s Talent…
            America’s Strength!

Read the Press Release


ODEP hosts a Summit on Disability Employment Policy

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On June 3 and 4, 2008, the Honorable Neil Romano, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, convened more than 250 leaders representing businesses, non-profits, advocacy groups, academia, and Federal, state, and local agencies at Transforming the American Workplace: A 21st Century Vision, a Summit on disability employment policy.


The Summit brought attendees together to hear from more than 30 speakers and presenters about current trends transforming the American workplace, and to engage in a unique dialogue on how these trends can be leveraged to open doors of opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

For speaker presentations, photos, and more, click here

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