NOD and Coalition of Allied Organizations Discuss Disability Employment Agenda with Department of Labor Secretary
This week, the National Organization on Disability and a coalition of 13 allied disability organizations met with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a unique discussion about our shared agenda in disability employment. NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge and National Council on Disability Chairman Neil Romano briefed DOL Secretary Alexander Acosta on the coalition members’ key priorities to advance integrated and competitive employment for the disability community.
The 13 members of the coalition are: American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Autism Speaks, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), The Bazelon Center, Disability:IN, National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Judy Heumann, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Council on Disability (NCD), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and the National Organization on Disability (NOD). We all share the goal of increasing access among all people with disabilities to competitive integrated jobs.
The coalition members extend gratitude to Secretary Acosta and the Department of Labor for a productive meeting. Secretary Acosta asked great questions and showed interest in advancing our shared goals. We look forward to a continued partnership with DOL throughout 2019 and beyond.