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Diversity and Inclusion

Virtual Series: Disability Employment – Webinar #3: RRTC Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Center

October 21, 2020 at 1:00pm2:30pm EDT

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Webinar: RRTC Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Center (DIEP)

This webinar is the third of four (4) FREE events in the Virtual Series: Disability Employment – Looking Back & Moving Forward on each Wednesday in October from 1:00 – 2:30 pm [Eastern Time]. This series of 1 podcast and 3 webinars is hosted by the Southeast ADA Center, a NIDILRR-funded project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University,  in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 100th anniversary of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Summary of Webinar

The unprecedented health, social, and economic challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic have greatly affected employees with disabilities.  What does the future of U.S. employment policy look like for people with disabilities? Learn about the newly funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Disability Inclusive Employment Policy (DIEP). The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) provides funding for this new initiative. The Center is formed by a key partnership of Syracuse, Harvard, and Rutgers Universities.  This Center also brings together nationally recognized researchers from multiple disciplines, including economics, psychology, law, public policy, business management, and health.

Join the panel of: Dr. Peter Blanck, Dr. Nicole Maestas, Dr. Meera Adya, Dr. Douglass Kruse, Dr. Lisa Schur, and Michael Morris, as they discuss this groundbreaking project.

About RRTC DIEP Center

Over five years, the anticipated outcomes of the Center are new evidence-based options for disability employment policy including:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and workforce development professionals will have increased strategies to support job seekers with disabilities and businesses.
  • Human resource (HR) professionals will have new evidence-based practices to enhance worker retention and quality of work experience.
  • Employment service providers will have new evidence-based strategies to improve employment, re-engagement and job retention.
  • People with disabilities will have access to explore new alternative paths to employment and career advancement.
  • Researchers and students will have new data and evidence to support existing and next-generation research ideas.
  • Across targeted audiences, there will be a next-generation disability policy framework to advance employment and economic self-sufficiency for working-age adults with disabilities.

For more information on the RRTC Disability Inclusive Employment Policy project, contact Peter Blanck, PhD. J.D, Principal Investigator (

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This event was published on October 19, 2020.

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