Employment & Economic Empowerment

The employment participation rate for people with disabilities has remained at or below the first rate documented in 1971. Why? What’s missing in disability employment programs and policies?

WID E3 addresses these missing pieces with proven employment and economic empowerment solutions designed to prepare people with disabilities for competitive job searches and careers. WID E3 does not compete with existing disability employment programs as it’s designed to both augment and improve them.

WID believes to increase the overall labor force participation rate for people with disabilities, an alternative approach needs to be implemented to address the often-overlooked roadblocks to full inclusion and equity.

WID Employment and Economic Empowerment or WID E3 is a new disability empowerment model and set of resources to more effectively support job-seekers with disabilities through effective policies and programs. The model is delivered through three empowerment offerings – Employment, Benefits, and Economic.

Employment Empowerment: Access WID’s evidence-based skills development curriculum and CareerACCESS Coaching and Individualized Career Plan, a powerhouse set of tools and approaches to integrate innovative and empowering employment opportunities. Access more employment empowerment.

Benefits Empowerment: Discover state-specific disability benefits planning training and resources. Created by WID, the industry-leading benefits and work incentives training and web-based Disability Benefits 101 (DB101) are guides to demystify the Social Security benefits maze and empower individuals to make benefits work in their favor. Discover more benefits empowerment.

Economic Empowerment: Learn new asset development and financial planning strategies via WID’s EQUITY: Asset Building Strategies for People with Disabilities, A Guide to Financial Empowerment and WID’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Training, tools to drive sustained economic advancement. Learn more economic empowerment.

WID E3 is grounded in over three decades of leading disability employment, benefits, and economic inclusion policy and program work. Our team will share resources and what we learn via this online WID E3 portal and via the WID email list.

If you seek to integrate our innovative approaches in your work, WID provides technical assistance and training to augment these materials. Our professionals will teach your professionals, and together we will change the labor force participation rate together. To begin, contact Paul Hippolitus, WID’s Director of the Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative, at paul@wid.org or contact Thomas Foley, WID’s Managing Director, at tom@wid.org.

For more information, view the WID E3 Fact Sheet (PDF).

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