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Policy Forum

Updated: Feb 21

Building Equity into the Talent Pipeline: Innovative Strategies to Support Career and Workforce Readiness for Individuals with Disabilities


Honorable Taryn Mackenzie Williams, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. Assistant Secretary Williams shared federal efforts to support workforce transitions among individuals with disabilities.


Dr. Laura Owens, president of TransCen, and Lori Cooney, Program Director for Inclusive Education and Curriculum Design at UMass Boston described interventions for individuals with disabilities from two ends of the talent pipeline – design strategies for integrated employment for young adults and a technology platform to support career awareness among elementary grade students.


Amanda Winters from the National Governors Association commented on state interest in adopting innovative employment strategies.


This Policy Forum was part of a series conducted by the Coalition for Career Development Center in collaboration with Wheelock College of Education and Human Development’s Center for Future Readiness.



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