Future of Work A Systems Approach

By Tatiana Peralta

The future workplace is rapidly evolving. Conversations surrounding diversity, inclusion and technology are making headlines every day. However, these conversations are often limited to race, gender and geography -- leaving persons with disabilities out entirely.

In order to change this narrative, SourceAmerica and the Lab at Office of Personal Management (Lab at OPM) partnered with representatives from the public, private and social sectors to map the present conditions that contribute to the exclusions of persons with disabilities and recommend strategies to shape the future of work.

The results are presented in the new “An Inclusive Future of Work: A Systems Approach” report, which was released at the launch event on February 25.

The event featured notable panelists from the disability community including:

  • Jonathan Kaufman
    Founder and Chairman, Jonathan Kaufman Consulting
  • Isabel Hodge
    Executive Director, US International Council on Disabilities
  • Elena Silva
    Director, PreK-12 Education Policy, New America
  • Scott Robertson, PhD
    Policy Advisor, Employment-Related Supports Team, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Mika Cross
    Vice President of Employer Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, FlexJobs

These community leaders, along with SourceAmerica's Vice President of Workforce Development, Shane Kanady, gathered to discuss the report and how policy and practice can reshape the future of work for persons with disabilities.

The report consists of three core narratives: stigma and low expectations, poverty and isolation, and un – and underemployment. These narratives and the causal relationships shown in the report provide a foundation for understanding how different trends and behaviors affect people with disabilities in the labor market.

Read the full report.

For any questions relating to the event or report please contact Shane Kanady.