Learn More about the Dialogue


Who is hosting this dialogue?

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

EconSys is composed of highly experienced consultants and subject matter experts who create technology and provide services and custom solutions to address HR issues in federal and state agencies.


What are the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogues?

Launched by DOL's ODEP, ePolicyWorks is a web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology, including crowdsourcing and social media tools, to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.

Over the last several years, the ePolicyWorks initiative has hosted more than twenty-five online dialogues. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. These tools enable ePolicyWorks to enlist the public's input on key policy and programmatic issues related to the employment of people with disabilities. In addition to return-to-work/stay-at-work, the dialogues have focused on number of other topics engaging federal partners, advocacy groups, provider associations, business organizations, individuals with disabilities and their families, and other key stakeholders in the policymaking process. To learn more about past ePolicyWorks dialogues, visit https://epolicyworks.ideascale.com/a/pages/epwdialoguelibrary

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Why is ODEP hosting this online dialogue?

Traditional methods of gathering feedback involve limited participation. They tend to be "one and done" engagements that are purely data-driven. Crowdsourcing, on the other hand, entails interactive participation through online voting, idea submission and commenting. It is community driven and value driven, and it emphasizes results. The benefits of online dialogues include: connecting agencies to stakeholders or constituents, providing cost benefits and efficiencies, serving as an outreach and awareness tool.


How do you participate?

To participate idialogue, please click Register Now or Log In. If you have any questions or require any technical assistance please contact: ePolicyWorks@dol.gov.


What is this dialogue about?

DOL is hosting this national online dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. DOL wants to hear from you about how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain Competitive Integrated Employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment.


Why should I participate?

Join this online dialogue to share your ideas and questions, contribute your thoughts for solutions, and learn from others. The goal here is to gather ideas from a diverse audience. Through your responses, we all will learn about solutions and innovations that have been created, resources that are available, barriers that people experience, and practices created to overcome barriers, all so that we can share information back to the field to assist in advancing the financial literacy and economic well-being of youth and adults with disabilities.


Who should participate?

This online event is open to anyone interested in joining the conversation. We strongly encourage workforce professionals, disability professionals, financial services professionals, financial literacy educators, people with disabilities, family members and advocates to participate.