Disability Employment Initiative Grants Awarded to Six States
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded grants totaling $14,911,243 to six states to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants to Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York and Washington are part of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a joint initiative of DOL’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. This is the sixth round of DEI funding. Since 2010, DOL has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the initiative to 43 projects in 27 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.
Grantees of this year’s awards will use the funds to:
- Improve employment outcomes and increase the number of individuals with disabilities who earn credentials.
- Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities.
- Facilitate academic and employment transition among youth.
- Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help jobseekers with significant disabilities.
- Build effective community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems and the effective blending and braiding of resources.
- Promote more active engagement with the business sector.