In 2016, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Advisory Committee) submitted a Final Report to Congress. In this Report, the Advisory Committee consisting of self-advocates, providers of employment services, representatives of national disability advocacy organizations, experts with a background in academia, employer representatives, and others with related expertise presented issues that impact the pursuit of competitive integrated employment (CIE) by individuals with disabilities and made recommendations for mitigating barriers to CIE. Among the key recommendations of the Advisory Committee was the need to incentivize employment service providers to effectively provide CIE through both organizational restructuring and staff professional development. To address this need, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) established the National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON).
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
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