Employment is a critical part of community inclusion for people with disabilities. For youth, a smooth transition from education to employment is equally essential. Securing and maintaining employment helps many people to achieve independence in their communities, but there are often barriers to accessing meaningful and integrated employment.

To address these challenges, ACL and its Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) administer a range of initiatives that aim to improve employment outcomes.

ACL, and our federal partners, also work to support the use of volunteers in Older Americans Act programs and to provide expanded opportunities for older adults and others to get involved in their communities.



Medical Professionals with Disabilities: October 24, 2018

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), nearly 20 percent of Americans have disabilities, yet professional students in key health fields and health care providers with disabilities still encounter serious barriers throughout their training and careers – barriers that reflect the challenges too many Americans with disabilities still face in accessing health care that others take for granted.

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), ACL hosted a webinar on October 24, 2018, at 3pm ET with medical professionals with disabilities who are flipping the script and working to enhance inclusion of people with disabilities by working to improve health care training curricula and increase the access to and quality of health care for people with disabilities. The webinar will include discussion of cultural competency, accessibility & inclusion in medical education, as well as the stigma that surrounds employment of medical professionals with disabilities.

Speakers include:

- Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSC, Harvard Medical School Neera
- Jain, PhD Candidate, University of Auckland
-  Karen McCulloh, RN, Founder, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities
-  Michael McKee, MD, MPH, University of Michigan


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