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NDI Staffer Laura Gleneck Attends the Final Stop on the ODEP Listening Tour Back to news
Friday, March 05, 2010

A New Day:  We’re Listening

ODEP Boston Listening Session
Boston, MA
March 3, 2010


In early 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its Federal partners held a series of six Listening Sessions across the country for members of the public to provide input to senior Federal officials on their ideas for more effective ways to employ all people with disabilities.  Laura Gleneck attended the final stop in Boston.  During opening remarks, a reference was made to the movie "Field of Dreams" and it went something like "If you build it, we will come…and we will bring our talents, tools and expertise…."  This remark set the tone for the day since that’s what the presenters did:  they shared their ideas, exemplary programs, initiatives and practices to increase the employment of people with disabilities.  

As the coordinator for the Disability Program Navigator technical assistance project, Gleneck stated that she was moved by the comments of a gentleman, who shared his story of how he benefited from the services of the One-Stop Career Center system and the local Disability Program Navigator (DPN).  The gentleman, who has an impressive background and resume, is hard of hearing and recently became legally blind.  After several good jobs, he was unable to find employment on his own.  He learned of a workshop being offered at a One-Stop by a DPN….got connected to her network of employers that, as he said, "had been educated," and is now the ADA Coordinator for the MA State House.  Since his employment, he was able to get off of SSDI and purchase a home.  He emphasized the importance of investing in programs, such as the DPN, that help people with disabilities contribute and pay taxes.


For more information on the Listening Tour and its stops across the country, visit: