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ODEP News Release: [03/16/2007]
Contact Name: Peggy Abrahamson or Rick Manning
Phone Number: (202) 693-7909 or x4676
Release Number: 07-0354-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Alliance Initiative to Advance Employment of People with Disabilities Through Voluntary Partnerships

Initiative welcomes private and public sector organizations

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched the Alliance Initiative to advance the employment of people with disabilities. The Alliance Initiative is open to businesses, trade and professional associations, labor unions, educational institutions, government agencies at all levels and others.

"Alliances promote the national dialogue on the recruitment, hiring, advancement and retention of workers with disabilities," said W. Roy Grizzard Jr., assistant secretary of labor for ODEP. "The Alliance Initiative will enable organizations committed to improving disability workplace practices to work with the Labor Department in developing model policies, programs and strategies."

The Alliance Initiative will open new channels for training, education and outreach. The collaboration of ODEP and Alliance partners will help our nation achieve a workplace that is fully inclusive of people with disabilities.

ODEP's first Alliance Initiative partner is the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. SHRM currently has more than 550 affiliated chapters and members in more than 100 countries.

More information is available at Interested organizations are encouraged to contact ODEP's Alliance manager at

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