Employment Initiatives News

  • HDC Spotlight: Ray Leger, BA, CWIC


    Because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this spotlight has a special focus on employment. Visit the NDEAM homepage to learn how you can help build an inclusive workforce.

    Donald “Ray” Leger has worked as a Certified Work Incentives Counselor (CWIC) for the Human Development Center’s Work Incentives Planning and Assistance project (funded by the Social Security Administration) since 2006.  Ray is passionate about being of service to others and has loved every minute of his role helping people understand how work affects their benefits. Today, he is Project Manager of the West South Central Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WSC WIPA) program.

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  • Free Webinar: Introduction to ABLE

    ABLEnow Webinar

    Registration is open for a free information session on Thursday, October 28, at 11 a.m. ET. This webinar will cover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program.

    NOTE: ABLEnow is the name of the ABLE account program administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The ABLE account program administered by the State of Louisiana is available here.

  • NDEAM: America’s Recovery, Powered by Inclusion

    America's Recovery, Powered by Inclusion

    Celebrate NDEAM 2021 and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy

    Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams for a virtual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 20th anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

    Date: October 20, 2021

    Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

    Location: Streaming online. Please register to receive the accessible event link:

    Explore DOL’s work to ensure that AMERICA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS POWERED BY INCLUSION.

    This exciting event will feature insightful dialogues and a video showcase highlighting strategies in action for an equitable, disability-inclusive recovery.

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  • SSA’s Ticket to Work Program Presents: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work

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    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

    3 – 4:30 PM ET

    Join us on October 27 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar!

    Get the facts about Social Security disability benefits and work! We’re debunking myths and sharing important information to help you as you make the decision that work may be right for you, to look for a job, and successfully transition to work.

    Join the webinar to find answers to questions like:

    • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?
    • What types of services and job supports are available to help me transition to the workplace and work towards my career goals?
    • How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider?
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  • HDC Spotlight: Carmel Polk, MS, CESP


    As a Transition Specialist, Carmel Polk helps PAY Check participants transition to life after high school by teaching them community and work-related skills that are crucial for independent life. PAY Check’s mission to nurture young people’s abilities for full community participation is what attracted Carmel to the position.

    It is important that we ensure students have the tools and skills to live independently in society. We want young people to be the best version of themselves in every capacity.

    – Carmel Polk, MS, CESP
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