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Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

The 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 organizations.

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 sufficiency.

DEI Contacts

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000
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