|OFFICE OF WORKFORCE COMPETITIVENESS (OWC)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) builds upon previous
department initiatives, such as hiring staff with expertise in
disability and workforce issues. The grant supports extensive
partnerships and collaboration across multiple workforce and disability
service systems in each state, including: vocational rehabilitation,
mental health, intellectual/developmental disability agencies,
independent living centers, and other community and nonprofit
A key element of the DEI is expanding the public workforce investment
system's capacity to serve as Employment Networks for beneficiaries
under the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program.
Many Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability
Insurance beneficiaries use the public workforce investment system
(American Job Centers) to seek employment opportunities. By serving as
Employment Networks, the American Job Centers will build their capacity
to better serve Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.
DEI Projects are
implementing these strategic components as critical elements of their
service delivery approach to serve the adult population:
Partnerships and Collaboration
impact the ability of adults and youth with disabilities to participate
in education, training and employment opportunities.
Integrated Resource Teams
coordinate services and leverage funding to meet the needs of a job
seeker with a disability.
Blending and Braiding Funds / Leveraging
Resources from multiple sources to contribute to education,
training and/or employment goals.
Asset Development Strategies
represent various approaches to enhance long term economic self