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October 12, Online

ILR on Policy: A Conversation with Kathleen Martinez

Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 

View the webcast: ILR on Policy: A Conversation with Kathleen Martinez


ILR welcomes Assistant Secretary Martinez in October - National Disability Employment Awareness Month - for timely discussion of a wide range of topics including:

  • the current state of employment for people with disabilities, and the importance of providing opportunities for people with disabilities to U.S. business and the economy
  • President Obama’s initiative to increase employment of people with disabilities in the federal sector and its broader impact
  • insight and advice on what your organization can do to advance efforts to support and employ people with disabilities

The conversation is hosted by Susanne Bruyère, ILR associate dean of outreach. Bruyère serves as director of ILR’s Employment and Disability Institute (EDI).

Background on ODEP and EDI

ODEP’s mission is to provide “national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities.” More on ODEP at

EDI is a leading authority on employment and disability research, policy and practice. EDI works with government, schools, communities and organizations of all kinds to accommodate and integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of society. More on EDI at


Lori Biechele
Cornell University ILR School