Inclusion Through Policy Innovation Conference

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Inclusion Through Policy Innovation


In the 83 years since the passage of the Javits-Wagner O’Day (JWOD) Act and the establishment of the U.S. Ability One Program, the federal government has been instrumental in the implementation of policies aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. From the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in 2014 to the American Rescue Plan in 2021, federal policy has increased access to employment opportunities as well as safeguards against discriminatory practices for people with disabilities. The mission of Melwood’s Inclusion through Policy Innovation conference (formerly known as the JWOD Legal & Policy Symposium) is to convene AbilityOne nonprofits, federal contractors, small business contractors, disability rights advocates, Congressional leaders, and representatives from federal agencies to gain a deeper understanding of federal procurement and hiring for social good. Weekly sessions will cover a variety of topics from incentivizing federal contractors to hire more people with disabilities to reimagining a modern AbilityOne program that plays a significant role as one tool amid myriad robust initiatives to harness the spending power of the federal government to increase disability employment.

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