Disability Employment Initiative
National Disability Institute is the Training and Technical Assistance subcontractor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which works to improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels (including the Ticket to Work Program), and build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded over $63 million to twenty-three states under the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The DEI is jointly funded and administered by U.S. DOL.
DEI Projects build upon the Disability Program Navigator initiative by hiring staff with expertise in disability and workforce development to serve as Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs). DEI Projects will also support extensive partnerships, collaboration and service coordination across multiple workforce, generic, and disability systems in each state. These involve state vocational rehabilitation agencies, mental health and developmental disability agencies, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant-supported activities, independent living centers, business leadership networks, and other community-based and nonprofit organizations. Visit the DEI Website to learn more.