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Disability Employment Initiative

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) seeks to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. DEI projects improve collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels, including the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program, and build effective partnerships that leverage resources to better serve individuals with disabilities.

DEI is jointly funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. Since 2010, the Department of Labor has awarded over $81 million in grants to 26 states through the initiative.

          DEI Fact Sheet

          DEI Information Brief

Disability Employment Initiative