The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $2 million to Cornell University to help increase employment among individuals with disabilities.
This is the first year of a 4-year cooperative agreement to operate an employer-focused disability policy development and technical assistance center.
The primary goal of this new center is to conduct research; engage with the business community; identify effective policies and practices that support business needs; and provide resources, technical assistance, and training to help public- and private-sector employers (including federal contractors) recruit, hire, retain and advance individuals with disabilities.
“Employers need motivated, skilled and talented workers during this time of historically low unemployment and global competition,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Jennifer Sheehy. “This center will research workforce policies and provide employers with the latest guidance, tools, and resources to gain and retain skilled people with disabilities, thereby strengthening their workforce and America’s economy.”