LISTEN: ‘Out West’ podcast on policies, best practices to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Bridging the Disability Employment Gap, the latest episode of WGA’s Out West podcast, emphasizes the importance of and discusses strategies for improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, WGA Policy Associate Lauren Cloward spoke with Bobby Silverstein, Legislative Counsel to the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED), about the Work Matters policy framework, which serves as a repository of best practices for improving disability employment.

Lauren then explored the innovative ways the Work Matters framework is being used to achieve workforce inclusivity in states with Kristin Vandagriff, Executive Director for the Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education; Elizabeth Gordon, Executive Director for the Washington Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment; and Rob Hines, Director of the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

To listen, click the embedded player below, or visit PodbeanSpotify and Apple Podcasts. And learn more about SEED’s ongoing work on disability employment by visiting their website.

Read a transcript of the podcast

Listen to other episodes in the SEED Series:

Technology for an Inclusive Workforce

An Inclusive Economic Recovery for All Americans

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